"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"

2020 - 2024

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2020, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie.

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May 20, MSC Seaside  Cruise ship gang-rape horror as teenager on school trip in Italy 'is sexually assaulted by three French men who lured victim into their cabin'
See Daily Mail
May 19, River Cruise Ship  Cruise ship captain detained after Danube crash kills 2, leaves 5 missing
See New York Post
May 17, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise  Failed Sanitation Inspection -- score of 83
May 17, P&O Ventura  More than 250 passengers taken ill after suspected 'vomiting bug' outbreak aboard cruise ship, report says
See Business Insider
May 14, RCI / Celebrity  Two Additional Crew Members Recently Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography: A Total of Eight Cruise Ship Employees Arrested in Last Three Months
See Cruise Law News
May 12, Sapphire Princess  Propulsion problems cause missed ports on cruise ending today; propulsion problems have influenced itineraries in upcoming cruises
From a passenger
May 8, RCI / Celebrity  Authorities investigating two cruise ships seen too close to Na Pali coast (Kauai)
See Spectrum News 13
May 8, MSC Meraviglia  Cruise ship sails into NYC port with 44-foot dead whale across its bow
See NBC News
May 8, Norwegian Encore  Authorities say a cruise ship worker from South Africa has been arrested in Juneau after he was accused of attacking a woman and two security guards with scissors on board the vessel
See ABC News
May 5, Pacific Adventure  Body is found after a man went overboard on a cruise ship just outside Sydney Harbour (end of 3-day Elvis-themed cruise; lost $9000 in casino)
See News.AU
May 3, Ambience (Ambassador Cruise Line)  Around-the-world cruise staff member missing at sea
May 1, Celebrity Reflection  Celebrity Employee Arrested at Port Everglades for Child Porn. Fourth Crew Member to be Arrested for Child Abuse Materials in Last Three Months
See Cruise Law News
April 28, Radiance OTS  Royal Caribbean Cruise Cancelled After Guests Are Already Onboard
See Cruise Hive
April 28, Radiance OTS  All port calls cancelled on repositioning cruise from LA to Vancouver (Propulsion problems)
See Cruise Hive
April 26, Sapphire Princess  Illness outbreak: 94 of 2,532 (3.71%)  Passengers; 20 of 1,066 (1.8%) Crew -- NOTE: Cruise ends 7 May
April 22, Radiance OTS  Illness outbreak: 67 of 1,993 (3.36%)  Passengers; 2 of 924 (0.22%) Crew
April 18, Disney Dream  Another Crew Member on Disney Dream Arrested for Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material
See Cruise Law News
April 16, Silver Nova  Illness outbreak: 28 of 633 (4.42%)  Passengers; 1 of 538 (0.19%) Crew -- NOTE: Cruise ends 12 February
April 14, Rotterdam  Holland America Line Delays Over 13 Hours in Notifying U.S. Coast Guard After Crew Member Goes Overboard From M/S Rotterdam
See Cruise Law News
April 13, MSC Armonia  Spain will deport more than 60 people who arrived last week by cruise ship in Barcelona
See The Independent
April 12, Holland America (ship not named)  Cruise Ship Dancer Employed on Miami-Based Cruise Line Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
See Cruise Law News
April 5, MSC Armonia  Cruise ship stuck in Spain will resume sailing after Bolivian passengers with visa problems removed
See CTV News
April 5, Ambience (Ambassador Cruise Line)   Cruise liner collides with cargo ship in Cape Town harbour
See News 24
April 4, Liberty OTS  Twenty-Year Old Passenger Goes Overboard (3:30AM, intoxicated)
See Cruise Law News
April 1, Carnival Conquest  Miami-Dade Police Arrest Passenger on Charges He Molested 13 Year-Old Girl
See Cruise Law News
March 30, Norwegian Dawn   We are stranded: Couple says cruise line abandoned them on African island (after returning late from private shore excursion)
March 30, At least 17 passengers hurt as cruise ship crashes into wall in River Danube; Bulgarian cruise ship was carrying over 100 passengers when it hit concrete wall
See Independent
March 25, Fred Olsen Borealis   MS Borealis ship suffered blackout on Sydney Harbour in similar scenario to what caused the Baltimore bridge tragedy
See Daily Mail
March 25, Carnival Sunrise  Ship faced undefined flooding on its way back to Miami over the weekend
March 24, Carnival Freedom  Cruise ship catches fire for second time in less than 2 years; continues on journey following fire, no injuries reported
See Fox Business
March 23, Nieuw Amsterdam Two Holland America cruise ship workers are killed in unexplained incident in engineering area while ship was docked at Half Moon Cay
See Daily Mail
March 23, Alexander Deev (Russian ferry) Russian Ferry Damaged by Ice Floes, Stranding More Than 60 People
See Maritime Executive
March 23, MSC Euribia Scots cruise ship passenger missing after going overboard as liner sailed to Amsterdam, Liam Jones, 23, has not been seen since March 17 when he vanished on board the ship.
See Daily Record
March 19, MSC Fantasia Brit holidaymaker, 33, raped onboard cruise ship by entertainer working on vessel while it was at sea
See The Sun
March 19, Koningsam  Illness outbreak: 98 of 2,522 (3.89%)  Passengers; 12 of 961 (1.25%) Crew -- NOTE: Cruise ends 12 February
March 11, Explorer OTS Passenger Arrested on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct in Cruise Ship Sauna involving a minor
See Cruise Law News
March 5, Symphony OTS Royal Caribbean cruise ship worker allegedly admits filming young passengers while in bathroom and even hiding under beds
See NY Post
February 25, Norwegian Dawn Mauritius stops Norwegian Cruise Line ship from docking, cites health risk (cholera)
See Reuters
February 24, Carnival Legend Carnival Ship Delayed a Full Day, Next Cruise Shortened (propulsion problems)
See Cruise Hive
February 22, Carnival Magic Passenger assaulted on board ship while cruising out of Norfolk (Attacker charged with Assault w/ Serious Bodily Injury
See 13 News Now
February 22, Disney Dream Second Disney Crew Member on Disney Dream Cruise Ship Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
See Cruise Law News
February 21, American Queen Voyages  This U.S. River Cruise Line Just Shut Down
See Yahoo
February 14, Royal Caribbean ???  46 year old man arrested, accused of inappropriately touching 2 girls in hot tub on cruise ship
See WIS 10
February 14, Sun Princess The second cancellation of Sun Princess just days before departure
See Princess Chatter
February 14, MSC World Europa American tourist dies in fall off cruise liner - 72-year-old man fell into the sea at 5PM in port
See Times of Malta
February 8, Carnival Magic Cruise ship chartered for ‘Six Terrifying Nights’ event struck pier, leaving passengers temporarily stranded
See NY Post
February 8, Carnival Elatioin Bahamas police offered no support to 2 American cruise passengers who were drugged & raped on shore excursion provided by Carnival Cruise Lines
See WIC News and Cruise Laws News
February 6, Disney Dream Crew Member on Disney Dream Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
See Cruise Law News
February 4, MSC Bellemissimo Passenger falls off cruise ship traveling from Taiwan to Okinawa Late-night rescue saves foreign passenger who fell overboard
See Taiwan News
February 1, Oasis OTS Details emerge after a Chicago man dies on the world’s biggest gay cruise
See Advocate
February 1, Queen Victoria  Illness outbreak: 129 of 1824 (7.07%)  Passengers; 25 of 967 (2.59%) Crew -- NOTE: Cruise ends 12 February
January 25, Fiordland Navigator Cruise ship runs aground in Doubtful Sound, 67 people evacuated
See Stuff
January 25, Santa Barca  13 Passenger Cruise ship hits breakwater at Yokohama port, 10 injured
See Mainici Japan
January 23, Stena Estrid Man dies falling overboard from ferry in the Irish Sea: Passenger, 44, had been rescued and airlifted to hospital before he passed away
See Daily Mail
January 22, Norwegian Joy Two Guests Aboard the Norwegian Joy Busted With 112 Plastic Baggies of Pot
See Cruise Law News
January 12, Celebrity Constellation  Illness outbreak: 92 of 2,056 (4.47%) Passengers; 8 of 948 (0.84%) Crew
January 3, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise   Passenger aboard Margaritaville cruise says she was raped, impregnated by ship bartender Two passengers say they were sexually assaulted by the same man hours after casting off from the Port of Palm Beach.
See Palm Beach Post

December 30, MSC Preziosa   Passenger Overboard from the MSC Preziosa During New Year Cruise (@12:30AM)
See Cruise Law News
December 24, Vision OTS   Passenger Overboard (41 year old male) - search unsuccessful
See Cruise Law News
December 21, Maud (Hurtigruten)   Norwegian cruise ship with 266 passengers loses ability to navigate after ‘rogue wave’ smashes windows (no injuries, being towed to port)
See New York Post
December 20, MSC Meraviglia   Bahamas cruise diverted to New England and Canada
December 16, Nieuw Amsterdam   The departure has been delayed by two days due to weather and dry dock. It is probably only due to dry dock since three other cruiseships were in port everglades today and all leaved on time.
From a passenger
December 15, MSC Armonia   Passenger Goes Overboard (5AM) From the MSC Armonia During Transatlantic Cruise to Brazil
See Cruise Law News
December 5, Celebrity Silhouette   Cruise Youth Counsellor Admits to Molesting Children -  The FBI says a serial child molester employed by Celebrity Cruises was arrested after a 6-year-old girl came forward and exposed his abuse.
See Miami New Times
November 28, Allure OTS  16-year-old dies in fall aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship that set sail Port Canaveral for the Bahamas
November 24, Pacific Adventure  Passengers furious after cruise rejected at New Zealand border (failed to clean hull)
See 9 News
November 22, Pacific Explorer   More passengers on Pacific Explorer cruise ship affected by bed bugs
See Newshub NZ
November 15, MSC Seaside   Crew Member (30 year old) Overboard From MSC Seascape in Waters Off Puerto Rico
See Cruise Law News
November 14, Carnival Glory   Coast Guard searching Gulf after man reported missing from Carnival cruise ship
November 13, Grand Princess   Grand Princess cruise ship bound for Adelaide suffers dual COVID-19, gastroenteritis outbreaks
See ABC News
November 6, Spirit of Discovery   100 passengers injured during “extremely frightening” experience in Bay of Biscay (high seas and winds)
See The News
November 3, Norwegian Pearl   Man went overboard on Miami-bound Norwegian ship during ‘Headbangers Boat\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' cruise - Coast Guard searching for 41-year-old man who went overboard near the Bahamas
See NBC Miami
November 3, Carnival Legend   Tourists swipe nearly $13,000 in sculptures from cruise ship, FBI says
See ABC 7 Chicago
November 2, Carnival Magic   Turning Air Pollution Into Water Pollution: Carnival Magic Dumps Scrubber Sludge (Toxic Waste) in Grand Turk Waters
See Cruise Law News
October 30, Symphony OTS   Overboard Person From Symphony of the Seas Rescued at Night
See Cruise Law News
October 28, Spirit of Chicago   Woman wounded in shooting as she was leaving cruise ship at Navy Pier
See NBC News
October 27, P&O Iona   Fire breaks out on P&O cruise ship as mobility scooter explodes sparking passenger evacuation
See Daily Mail
October 23, Carnival Radiance  Carnival Cruise Passenger Wakes Up to Flooded Cabin
See Cruise Hive
October 23, Carnival Magic  Cruise Ship \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Stabbing\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' of Passenger onboard Sparks FBI Investigation
See Newsweek
October 22, AIDAPerla  U.K. Rescuers Search for Crewmember Gone Missing From Cruise Ship
See The Daily Beast
October 19, Nieuw Amsterdam   From a passenger: On the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 17,2023, as ship was completing her Pacific-Atlantic passage through the Panama Canal, there was a public announcement by the captain from the bridge, followed by personal letters to each passenger delivered to cabins as follows: "We are currently experiencing a technical issue with our portside Azipod propulsion system. While this in no way affects the safety of our guests or team members ... we must return to Fort Lauderdale to perform repairs before our next voyage. As a result, we will no longer call to Cartagena, Columbia on Wednesday, October 18. ... We anticipate that we will arrive in Fort Lauderdale around 4 AM on Saturday, October 21, and your debarkation will proceed as scheduled later that morning."
October 18, American Queen Voyages Ocean Navigator  Crew member burned, passengers evacuated from small cruise ship in Maine after explosion
See Fox News
October 15, Scarlet Lady  Illness outbreak: 71 of 2,198 (3.23%) Passengers; 7 of 1,163 (0.6%) Crew (Salmonella and E. coli)
September 24, Carnival Legend  21 year old Passenger Carnival Cruise Passenger Indicted on Multiple Charges Of Sexual Abuse On Carnival Legend Cruise Ship
See Cruise Law News
September 12, Ocean Explorer  Cruise ship carrying 206 people runs aground in Greenland - and rescue will not arrive until Friday (Freed on 14 Sept)
See Sky News
September 10, Ship unknown  22 year old Passenger Indicted on Charges of Sexual Assault on Cruise Ship
See Cruise Law News
September 6, Radiance of the Seas  Royal Caribbean cancels two cruises for repairs to propulsion system (Sept 1 and 8)
See Travel Weekly
September 6, Blue Horizon  Horror as passenger drowns when crew member pushes him off ferry after arriving late The 36-year-old man was seen attempting to run onto the ferry that was seconds away from leaving the dock
See Express
September 4, Carnival Conquest  Carnival Cruise passenger, 26, reported missing after ship returns to Florida -- last seen at 2AM
See New York Post
August 29, Wonder OTS   18 year old male at 8PM) Overboard - Why hasn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t Royal Caribbean Installed A Single MOB System On Its Cruise Ships?
See Cruiuse Law News
August 28, Britannia  Hundreds of passengers to be flown home after P&O cruise liner crashed into petero barge. More than 300 passengers will leave the ship after a small number of people were injured during a "weather-related" incident off the coast of Mallorca on Sunday.
See Sky News
August 27, Britannia  P&O Britannia breaks free and crashes into another ship during Mallorca storms
August 19, Viking Mars  Crew member dies after falling from cruise ship while in port. Viking Cruises confirmed today that an unnamed 40-year-old man died
See Independent
August 16, Margaritaville at Sea  Cruise Bartender Accused of Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Passenger in Stateroom. According to the FBI, the woman\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s friend said she awoke to find the bartender lingering over their naked bodies inside the cruise cabin
See Miami New Times
August 12, Emerald Princess  59 year old man goes overboard at 4:18 AM when ship 8 miles offshore from Hilo
See Big Island Video
August 12, Carnival Vista  Propulsion problems cause the ship to go dead in the watter on its return to Galveston; it arrived in port several hours late
See Cruise Hive
August 8, Queen Mary 2  Queen Mary 2 Breaks Free From Mooring in Italy at Civitavecchia
See FleetMon
August 7, Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven  Ambulances rush onboard Plymouth ferry after \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'massive\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' food poisoning incident
See GB News
July 31, Spectrum OTS  Spotty Reporting Adds Confusion to 64 Year Old Passenger Going Overboard From Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas
See Cruise Law News
July 29, MSC Seascape  2 sisters went on a cruise touring the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Mexico. They came back with kilos of cocaine worth up to $40K in their luggage, feds allege
See Insider
July 29, Carnival Sunshine  Carnival Cruise Ship Air Conditioning Issues Lead to Partial Refunds
See Cruise Hive
July 23, Indonesian Ferry  Indonesian ferry capsizes, leaving at least 15 people dead and 19 others missing
See CBS News
July 23, Carnival Elation  30 year old man overboard -- reported missing by traveling companion (#386 overboard since 2000; #12 persons overboard in 2023)
See Cruise Law News
July 19, Carnival Pride   Carnival Cancels Sailing for Ship Impacted by Propulsion Issue just 48 hours before embarkation due to propulsion issues
See Cruise Hive
July 19, Carnival Pride   Carnival Cruise Ship Suffers Propulsion Issue, Port Cancelled and ship heading back to Germany.
See Cruise Hive
July 16, Scarlet Lady  Virgin Cruise Ship Collides With Dock at PortMiami
See Cruise Hive
July 15, Norwegian Pima  Cruise ship NORWEGIAN PRIMA broke off moorings, lost gangway VIDEO
See Fleetmon
July 10, Irish Ferries  Ferry forced to turn back from Anglesey as fight breaks out on board - Irish Ferries have issued a statement in relation to the incident and the travel "disruption"
See Daily Post
July 6, Ruby Princess  Cruise ship damaged after striking San Francisco pier while docking. Next cruise will depart for Alaska on Sunday (3 days late) with significant itinerary changes
See ABC News
June 30, Stena Superfast VIII  Man dies after falling overboard from Stena Line ferry @ 15:30
June 30, Stena Spirit  Boy, 7, dies after falling from ferry as 36 year old mum killed attempting to save him - The family had been travelling on a passenger ferry on Thursday when the child reportedly fell overboard. Sky News reports this is being investigated as a murder
See Daily Record
June 26, Mariner OTS Cruise passenger rescued after going overboard Royal Caribbean ship from Florida (42 year old oman fell while taking a selfie @ 5:44PM)
See Fox News and see NBC News
June 23, Victory Casino Central Florida cruise ship catches fire (smokestack)amid stormy weather, video shows
See Fox News
June 22, Stena Edda Japanese tourist who jumped off Ferry found near Walney Island (51 year old, 4:54AM)
See News and Star
,June 19, Viking Neptune Illness Outbreak (June 6-20): Passengers reported being ill - 110 of 838 (13.1%); Crew reported being ill - 9 of 455 (1.98%)
June 18, Esperanza Star Philippine ferry catches fire at sea, all 120 people aboard rescued
See AP News
June 13, Radiance OTS  NTSB Determines Cause of a Cruise Ship Striking a Pier in Alaska in 2022
June 12, Royal Caribbean  Music Director of Royal Caribbean Jailed for Child Abuse Images
See Cruise Law News
June 11, P&O Ventura Two blind passengers who were ordered to leave a cruise ship before it set sail said it was "humiliating" and that they "felt like criminals"
See Business Insider
June 6, Emerald Princess A passenger reports all decks in zones 6 & 7 (most of the back of Emerald Princess) lost all electric power at 5 pm ship time for a hour. Emergency lights were activated.
June 5, Wilderness Discoverer Passengers evacuated after fire breaks out on cruise ship in Glacier Bay
See Alaska Public Media
June 4, Carnival Sunshine FBI Arrests Cruise Passenger on Charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Nine Year Old Minor on Carnival Sunshine
See Cruise Law News
June 3, Taima Star (ferry) Ferry drifts off Taiwan island of Matsu with 389 passengers on board - Engine broke down early Saturday morning
See Taiwan News
June 2, Carnival Panorama Carnival Cruise Ship Experiencing Technical Issues, Delayed Return to Long Beach this weekend - how will this affect guests onboard and on the next sailing?
See Cruise Hive
May 30, Carnival Magic The Coast Guard is searching for a 35 year old man who went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship around 4:00 AM nearly 200 miles off the coast of Florida
May 28, Carnival Sunshine  Passengers describe "nightmare" sailing into Charleston in storm
See ABC 4 News
May 28, Pacific Adventure Passengers on a P&O cruise ship were evacuated from their cabins at 3.30 a.m. after a fire broke out, reports say
See Business Insider
May 26, Norwegian Jewel Alaska cruise-ship crewman accused of lying about alleged sexual assault
See Alaska Public Media
May 26, Bahamas Sunset Cruise Louisiana teen missing after jumping overboard on a dare on Bahamas sunset cruise
See New York Post
May 26, Celebrity Millennium Family stands to lose nearly $6,000 in airfare and hotel costs after they were bumped from an overbooked cruise ship
See Business Insider Today
May 26, Sky Princess COVID - From a passenger:
Covid rates high on board. Special disembarkation protocol for covid positive passengers and close contacts once at Southampton. All passengers who have tested positive during the cruise and those travelling with them (even if testing negative) must remain onboard until at least 10am and then be escorted to the gangway by cabin stewards in KN95 masks. All luggage taken and tagged red.

May 23, Carnival SplendourCruise ship horror as passenger dies snorkelling off  \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Mystery Island\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' (Vanuatu) 
See Daily Mail

May 23, Celebrity Summit Illness Outbreak (May 15-25): Passengers reported being ill - 152 of 2,144(7.09%); Crew reported being ill - 25 of 963(2.60%)
May 21, Rotterdam Illness Outbreak reported by Passenger:
An outbreak occurred during a 14 night cruise to Northern Europe (departed May 6 from Amsterdam. Passengers were notified of an outbreak of Norovirus while the ship was in Stockholm, May 15. Heightened sanitation and containment measures were put into place. Two days later, while the ship was in Kiel, Germany, they performed a mid-cruise disinfection of all passenger staterooms. Passengers were required to vacate their staterooms by 9:30AM on May 17th, and either go ashore or wait in one of the designated waiting areas on the Lido Deck. Ship services were suspended during the disinfection from 9:30AM-1:30PM. To prepare for the disinfection, passengers were asked to remove all personal items from cabin countertops and shelves, and stow all loose items in closets and drawers.
May 21, Nieuw Amsterdam Illness Outbreak (May 6-21): Passengers reported being ill - 213 of 1,970 (10.8%); Crew reported being ill - 35 of 816 (4.29%)
May 8, Harmony OTS FBI: Cruise Guest Arrested For Using Hidden Camera in Public Bathroom on Harmony of the Seas To Videotape More Than 150 Individuals Including At Least 40 Minors
See Cruise Law News
May 6, Malaysian ferry 79 passengers rescued after ferry catches fire near Pulau Bidong The cause of the fire, which destroyed the ferry, is unknown.
See Free Malaysia Today
May 5, Diamond Princess Pilot fell in water, died, while boarding Princess cruise ship, Japan
See FleetMon
May 5, MSC Seaside Ships fails sanitation inspections -- receives score of 67 (86 and aboive is passing)
See Vessel Sanitation Program
May 1, Spirit of Tasmania Body found after passenger fell overboard; The ship was an hour into its journey when the incident occurred.
See 7 News
April 28, Grand Princess Illness Outbreak (Mar 31-Apr 28): Passengers reported being ill - 75 of 1,731 (4.3%); Crew reported being ill - 22 of 1,074 (2.05%)
April 26, Quantum OTS Australian man (35 years old) missing after going overboard around 23:00 from cruise ship en route to Hawaii from Australia
April 25, Coral Princess Princess Cruises Advises Mask Wearing on One Ship: Due to recent positive cases, Princess Cruises is recommending mask wearing aboard Coral Princess
See Cruise Hive
April 25, Norwegian Sun Norwegian Cruise Ship Suffers Technical Difficulties and Delays: Technical difficulties have prevented Norwegian Sun from transiting the Panama Canal, while the remaining itinerary hangs in the balance.
See Cruise Hive
April 23, Queen Mary 2 Cunard has cancelled a one-way Queen Mary 2 cruise at the very last minute for technical reasons, but how will guests now get home?
See Cruise Hive
April 22, Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Cruises improperly stored dead body in cruise ship’s cooler, instead of morgue, lawsuit claims
April 16, Walla Walla Passenger ferry carrying almost 600 people runs aground in Washington
April 14, Costa Toscana 18-year-old boy throws himself from the cruise ship and dies, the tragedy on the Tuscan coast just departing from Civitavecchia. The victim is a German passenger who was traveling with his mother and sister
See Corriere Adriatico
April 3, Valiant Lady Virgin Voyages passenger dies after falling from cruise ship balcony
See USA Today
April 1, Emerald Princess Illness Outbreak (Mar 17-Apr 1): Passengers reported being ill - 97 of 2,123 (4.6%); Crew reported being ill - 18 of 1,192 (1.51%)
March 30, MV Mary Lady Joy 3 Philippine ferry fire leaves 12 dead, at least 7 missing
See Associated Press
March 30, Enchantment OTS Illness Outbreak (Mar 23-31): Passengers reported being ill - 117 of 2,362 (5.0%); Crew reported being ill - 20 of 917 (2.18%)
March 23, Enchantment OTS Illness Outbreak (Mar 11-23): Passengers reported being ill - 155 of 2,148 (7.22%); Crew reported being ill - 10 of 880 (1.14%
March 18, Celebrity Equinox Illness Outbreak (Mar 9-18): Passengers reported being ill - 122 of 2,579 (4.7%); Crew reported being ill - 14 of 1,222 (1.1%)
March 17, Celebrity Constellation Illness Outbreak (Mar 6-17): Passengers reported being ill - 87 of 2,062 (4.2%); Crew reported being ill - 9 of 960 (0.94%)
March 16, MSC Seashore Crew Member Arrested in Brazil For Alleged Rape of Co-worker
See Crew-Centre
March 12, MSC Meraviglia A cruise passenger is suing MSC, saying she was sexually assaulted by a crew member
See Business Insider
March 5, Ruby Princess Illness Outbreak (Feb 26-Mar 5): Passengers reported being ill - 284 of 2,881 (9.9%); Crew reported being ill - 34 of 1,159 (2.9%)
March 5, Carnival Sunshine FBI investigating ‘suspicious death’ of Carnival cruise passenger
See Live 5 News
March 4, Isle of Innisfree Lifeboats launched after fire breaks out on passenger ferry in the Channel - The Isle Of Innisfree ferry was between Dover and Calais when the blaze broke out in the engine room.
See Sky News
March 3, MSC Meraviglia Cruise ship employee busted filming in women’s bathroom
See New York Post
March 3, Diamond Princess Due to high winds, rough seas, and a narrow channel into the port in Saipan, the captain made the decision to cancel today’s port call in Saipan.
From a passenger
February 25, Washington State Ferry Crews rescue woman after falling into Elliott Bay from ferry
See KIRO7 News
February 23, Ro-Ro ferry Newly-released prisoner jumps from RoRo in Northern Samar waters
See Manilla Bulletin
February 11, Disney Fantasy Luggage cage of travelers luggage dropped into ocean at Port Canaveral, before the cruise started. Heard divers helped to retrieve. Horrible for us and difficult to get into a vacation mode while they cleaned our clothes for 3 days. A lot of stuff ruined.
From a passenger
February 11, Marella Explorer Brit cruise ship passenger drowns while swimming on beach in St Lucia
See Birmingham Mail
February 4, MSC Musica MSC cruise ship broke off moorings at Rio de Janeiro
See FleetMon
February 3, Jewel OTS Illness Outbreak (Jan 28-Feb 3): Passengers reported being ill - 68 of 2,185 (3.11%); Crew reported being ill - 1 of 865 (0.12%)
February 3, Carnival Glory A Month of Sailings Cancelled for One Carnival Cruise Ship Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that one Conquest-class ship will be out of service for a month-long dry dock in spring 2024
See Cruise Hive
February 3, World Explorer, Viking Polaris, Plancius US Coast Guard Heads to Ushuaia to Investigate Fatal Cruise Accidents
See Maritime Executive
February 3, Viking Orion, Fire breaks out on cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour with 600 passengers evacuated
See Daily Mail
January 30, Noordam, Engine Issues Force Changes in Itinerary for Ship
See FleetMon
January 30, Marella Discovery 2, Cruise passengers kicked off ship and told to go home early due to ‘technical issue with catering. Following cruise canceled 
See The Independent
January 27, Noordam, Mooring Line Snaps Off Holland America Cruise Ship Due to high winds and bad weather conditions in Auckland, New Zealand.
See Cruise Hive
January 27, Astoria Grande, Damaged After Hitting Wharf in Turkey
See Cruise Industry News
January 26, Seabourn Venture, Stabilizer Repair Forces Cancelled Cruises on Seabourn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s newest ship -- heading to unexpected dry dock in April to repair stabilizers
See Cruise Hive
January 26, MSC Orchestra, Tropical cyclone Cheneso in Mozambique Channel forces ship to change course
See Africa Ports
January 21, Brilliance OTS Illness Outbreak (Jan 16-21): Passengers reported being ill - 70 of 2,160 (3.24%); Crew reported being ill - 8 of 838 (0.95%)
January 6, Sky Princess, Woman Says She Was Raped on Cruise Ship, Then Contracted HIV  
See Cruise Hive
January 6, Silver Moon Illness Outbreak (Dec 21-Jan 6): Passengers reported being ill - 15 of 521 (2.8%); Crew reported being ill - 13 of 413 (3.15%)
January 4, Seven Seas Explorer, Cruise Ship Enters Two-Day Dry Dock With Guests On Board   
See Daily Beast
January 3, Queen Victoria, Cruise Ship Enters Two-Day Dry Dock With Guests On Board   
See Cruise Radio
January 3, Arcadia Illness Outbreak (Jan 3-Apr 13): Passengers reported being ill - 84 of 1,986 (4.23%); Crew reported being ill - 20 of 815 (2.45%)
January 3, Norwegian Dawn, Brilliance of the Seas and Celebrity Constellation Heavy fog forces incoming cruise ships to wait 9 hours before docking at Port Tampa Bay  
See Fox13 News
January 3, Arcadia Illness Outbreak (Dec 22-Jan 3): Passengers reported being ill - 86 of 1,752 (4.91%); Crew reported being ill - 10 of 818 (1.22%)

December 30, Viking Orion, Viking cruise ship stranded off Australian coast due to fungus outbreak on hull - A Viking spokesperson described the marine fungi as \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'standard marine growth\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'   
See Fox News
December 29, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Cruise Ship Suffers Issue, Itinerary Impacted - Carnival Panorama suffers propulsion issues for the second time in two years  
See Cruise Hive
December 22, Carnival Legend, Cruise ship passenger dies in onboard \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'incident\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'(fall from balcony to lifeboat below) - ship sailing on Christmas themed itinerary  
See Fox News
December 15, MSC Meraviglia, 36 year old woman dies after going overboard on cruise ship near Port Canaveral, Coast Guard says   
See Yahoo News
December 14, Pacific Explorer, 23 Year-Old Woman Found Dead After Going Overboard From the Pacific Explorer   
See Cruise Law News
December 9, Celebrity Eclipse, Cruise ship with up to 1,500 Covid-infected passengers to dock in Sydney   
See Daily Mail
December 8, Princess Unknown, Baby And Her Family Are Kicked Off Cruise Due To A Technicality And TikTok Responds  
See Yahoo News
December 3, Viking Polaris, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Rogue wave\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' strikes Antarctic cruise ship, leaves 1 dead and 4 injured The ship was sailing toward Ushuaia, Argentina, at the time.  
December 2, Quantum OTS, Lifeboat Falls From Quantum of the Seas – Fortunately No Injuries  
See Cruise Law News
December 1, Grand Princess, Princess Cruises ship with \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'slightly elevated\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' COVID-19 cases skips Australia stop - banned by port  
See USA Today
November 28, Queen Elizabeth II, Bali-bound cruise ship Queen Elizabeth diverted to Fremantle due to 10-15% pax COVID-19 outbreak and blocked by Bali  
November 24, Carnival Valor, A 28 year old man reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship was rescued by the US Coast Guard in the Gulf of Mexico  
November 20, Quark Expeditions, Quark zodiac boat overturns in Antarctica, killing two  
See Pax News
November 17, Adventure of the Seas, Passengers received notification that the port call at Progresso on January 23rd cruise will be replaced with 24 hours in Cozumel, because the port at Progresso cannot accommodate a ship of this size (RCI apparently just realized that?)  
November 17, Grand Princess, Two Hundred Passengers Infected With COVID-19 Disembark in Melbourne, Australia   
See Cruise Law News
November 16, Valiant Lady, ‘Coachable moment’: Blind Canadian Paralympian removed from cruise ship   
See Global News
November 11, Majestic Princess, Cruise ship with 800 Covid cases docks in Sydney   
November 8, Norwegian Encore, Gangway collapsed from the Norwegian Encore cruise ship while docked in Panama while guests were using it.   
See Cruise Hive
November 8, Norwegian Spirit (see below), Tiffany’s Jewelry Executive Dies After Mystery Cruise Ship Fall: Dilek Ertek’s body has not been recovered, and her son, Gokce Atuk, said jewelry had gone missing from the safe in his mother’s cabin   
See Daily Beast
October 28, Norwegian Spirit, Two passengers report a person overboard on the cruise from Honolulu (Oct 19) to Papeete (Oct 31). One reports cruise security went room to room and asked if we had seen her. Another passenger reports the woman was pushed overboard; her husband was arrested. But it’s been kept very quiet and not reported anywhere. It happened before our stop in Raietea. They weren’t aware she was missing until Customs check.
Person overboard
October 30, Coral Princess, Number of Infected Guests and Crew Members with COVID-19 on Coral Princess Currently Over 290  
See Cruise Law News
October 28, Norwegian Spirit, Two passengers report a person overboard on the cruise from Honolulu (Oct 19) to Papeete (Oct 31). One reports cruise security went room to room and asked if we had seen her. Another passenger reports the woman was pushed overboard; her husband was arrested. But it’s been kept very quiet and not reported anywhere. It happened before our stop in Raietea. They weren’t aware she was missing until Customs check.
Person overboard
October 24, Coral Princess, Thousands of people trapped on cruise ship for five days after Covid-19 outbreak - More than 100 confirmed cases  
See The Australian
October 26, Ovation of the Seas, Cruise ship with 130 Covid-19 cases failed to follow current isolation guidelines   
See Radio New Zealand
October 18, Mein Schiff 6, Cruise Ship (Male) Passenger Found Dead After Fall From Balcpny on 10th floor to lifeboats below   
See Travel Noir
October 7, Viking Mississippi, A Cruise Ship Was Forced to Stop Mid-Voyage Because of Low Water Levels - Sections of the Mississippi River have been closed due to conditions unfit for cruising.  
See Entrepreneur
October 4, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Cruise Passenger Arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct Involving Five Year Old Girl  
See Cruise Law News
September 23, Pentland Ferries, Six passengers sue over MV Alfred ferry crash (on July 5)  
See The Herald (Scotland)
September 20, Explorer OTS, Fire Reported Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas  
See Cruise Law News
September 20, Sea Viking, Cruise ship full of passengers breaks free of its mooring and drifts out of Ravenna Port in Italy  
See Euro Weekly News
September 19, Symphony OTS, Florida Couple Charged 100K for Cruise Ship Dinner  
September 19, Carnival Sunrise, Massive Brawl Breaks Out on Carnival Cruise Ship  
September 15, NCL and Celebrity Cruises, 2 cruise lines cancel Bermuda calls over continued COVID-19 testing requirements  
See The Points Guy
September 15, Breakaway, Officials investigate sexual assault reported on Norwegian Cruise Line ship docked in Boston (crew against crew)  
September 11, Viking Kvasir, Collides with Ship On the Rhine River Near Wesel, Germany  
See Cruise Law News
September 6, Harmony OTS, American cruise passenger killed in shark attack while snorkeling in the Bahamas  
See ABC News
September 2, Quantum OTS, Fire aboard -- cause not disclosed  
See Cruise Law News
September 2, MS Deutschland, A crew member went overboard on en route from Molde to Åndalsnes in Norway. Weather was clear and sea was calm so after ~15 minutes he was back on board -- Likely to make a full recovery.   
From a reader
August 30, Celebrity Eclipse, Tugboat workers\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' strike delays Celebrity cruise departure in Vancouver  
See CTV News
August 29, Stena Scandica, Rescue operation underway after fire breaks out on ferry near Sweden  
See EuroNews
August 28, MV Asia Phillippines, All 85 passengers and crew aboard burned ferry safely rescued in Philippines  
See Chard & Iliminster News
August 28, Nautica, Person Overboard from Oceania’s Nautica Cruise Ship  
See Cruise Law News
August 24, Bolette (Fred Olsen), UK Cruise Line Cancels Four Winter Cruises Due to Lack of Demand  
See Cruise Hive
August 24, Balmoral (Fred Olsen), Issue with Propellor Causes Cancelation of Cruises  
See Cruise Hive
August 15, San Francisco Bay Ferry, SF Bay ferry passenger jumps overboard  
See KRON 4
August 10, Koningsdam, Coast Guard suspends search for 31 year old crew member missing from cruise ship near Juneau  
See Anchorage Daily News
August 7, Richard With (Hurtigruten), Norwegian cruise ship operator Hurtigruten said ship grounded near the mouth of the Sogne Fjord, Norway\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s longest and deepest fjord -- no pax onboard.  
See Sky News
July 31, Norwegian Pearl, Cruise Ship, Fishing Boat Collide Near Nantucket: The U.S. Coast Guard said the Norwegian Pearl came into contact with the Gabby G, a fishing vessel early Saturday morning  
See NBC Boston
July 24, Coral Princess Ship finally docks after two days stuck at sea following wild weather  
See 9News
July 14, Margaritaville \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'No Sail Order\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' issued for Margaritaville cruise ship docked at Port of Palm Beach - Cruise ship supposed to leave Wednesday to head to Bahamas  
July 11, Coral Princess COVID-19 outbreak on Coral Princess among crew and passengers (N=100) as cruise ship docks in Brisbane  
July 14, Westerdam Westerdam Experiences Azipod Failure During Alaskan Cruise - impacted itinerary  
See Cruise Law News
July 11, Coral Princess COVID-19 outbreak on Coral Princess among crew and passengers (N=100) as cruise ship docks in Brisbane  
July 10, Viking Hermod Passengers Injured as Viking Hermod Involved in Collision on Rhine River   
See Cruise Law News
July 2, Jewel of the Seas Seventy-Nine (79) COVID-19 Cases on the Jewel of the Seas   
See Cruise Law News
July 1, Quantum of the Seas Engine Issues Force Itinerary Changes - Multiple upcoming Alaska sailings have been changed due to unspecified engine issues.   
See Cruise Hive
June 29, Norwegian Suns Cruise ship Norwegian Sun hits piece of an iceberg - returns to0 Seattle after inspection and sent for two weeeks of repairs   
June 28, Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Cruises torpedoed by US states, agrees to pay $6m after sensitive, personal information on customers and employees was accessed in a string of cyberattacks   
See The Register
June 28, Carnival Magin Dance floor brawl breaks out on Carnival cruise ship ahead of docking   
See WFLA News
June 27, Norwegian Sun Massive search underway for missing woman feared to have fallen off cruise ship at 2AM  
See USA Today
June 8, Spirit of Norfolk Cruise ship with more than 100 passengers catches fire   
See Washingon Examiner
June 7, Pride of America Norwegian Cruise Line\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s difficulty in staffing the Pride of America in Hawaii has led to NCL bumping guests to maintain practical capacity levels  
See Travel Weekly
June 5, Azamara Quest Massive search underway for missing woman feared to have fallen off cruise ship at 2AM  
See Daily Mirror
June 4, Ventura Cruise Ship Deploys Lifeboats After Cage Full of Luggage Falls Overboard - Travelers aboard Ventura watched as luggage was dropped overboard during embarkation, but the bags were successfully - if soggily - retrieved.   
See Cruise Hive
June 3, Carnival Splendor & Seabourn Odyssey CDC investigates two cruise ship Norovirus outbreaks   
See Outbreak News Today
June 3, Carnival Mardi Gras Cruise ship Mardi Gras rescues 16 people stranded at sea, Carnival Cruise Line says
June 2, Celebrity Summit NC Coast Guard crews lift two cruise ship crew members who were burned by chemicals   
See News Channel 12
May 31, Carnival Splendour Illness Outbreak (May 24-31): Passengers reported being ill - 77 of 2,109 (3.65%); Crew reported being ill - 16 of 1,079 (1.48%)
May 28, Island Princess, Panama Canal cruise Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. The word is 95 passengers and 25 crew tested positive.”
Source: A passenger who got Covid on our cruise.
May 27, Harmony OTS Ship hits dock in Jamaica, cruise line says No guests, crew members injured  
See Click Orlando
May 26, Carnival Magic Passengers on Carnival Cruise Ship Sick After Foul Smells: Coast Guard  
See Business Insider
May 26, Carnival Freedom Carnival Cruise ship catches fire while docked in Grand Turk  
See WSVN News
May 24, Jewel OTS Spike in COVID-19 Cases Among Crew Members and passengers — masks required indoors  
See Cruise Law News
May 23, Wonder OTS The mega cruise \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Wonder of the Seas\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' in Palma: they denounce the "cloud of toxic smoke" over the city. The new colossus of Royal Caribbean pollutes "almost 10 times more than all the cars in Palma together", denounces the Anti-Cruise Platform   
See Diario de Palma
and see Cruise Law News
May 23, MV Mercraft 2 At least 7 people died while 127 others were rescued when a ferry caught fire near the coast of Real, Quezon early Monday   
See ABS CBN News
May 19, Seabourn Odyssey Illness Outbreak (Apr 28 - May 19): Passengers reported being ill - 15 of 380 (3.95%); Crew reported being ill - 5 of 347 (1.44%)
May 17, Noordam Passengers receive notice that COVID is onboard (passenger and crew) and face masks now required indoors
From passenger
May 17, Harmony OTS USCG Investigation: Cruise Ship Entered Rocket Safety Zone Without Authorization in January costing millions   
See Maritime Executive
May 17, Celebrity Solstice 40 year old woman disappears overboard at 3AM while ship in Lynn Canal (Alaska)  
See Anchorage Daily New
May 13, Norwegian Dawn COVID-19 Outbreak on Norwegian Dawn -- NCL Stays Mum   
See Cruise Law News
May 9, Eurodam May 5, ~1:30am. North of Ketchikan, AK. Deck A air compressor. Smoke, no fire. Quickly resolved. Passengers alerted but not mustered.   
From passenger
May 8, P&O Cruises Elderly couple thrown off £4000 dream cruise holiday after covid scare on bus Janet and Ian Anderson had tested negative for the virus but were ordered off the P&O cruise after someone else tested positive   
See Daily Record
May 10, Viking Aegir Eleven Injured as a Viking River Cruise Ship Strikes Bridge in Slovakia   
See Cruise Law News
May 4, Carnival Spirit, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'I did not feel safe\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\': Carnival Cruise overwhelmed with COVID cases, passengers say Passengers say they had to wait hours for food, weren\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t properly isolated and couldn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t get a hold of medical staff.   
See King 5 TV
April 28, Cruise destinations in Alaska see surge in COVID cases  
See Alaska Public Media
April 28, Ruby Princess, Princess cruise ship has 253 coronavirus cases in 5 weeks  
See Washington Post
April 28, Ruby Princess, COVID in Hawaii: We are in Princess cruise jail  
April 28, Crown Princess, Due to maintenance on the engine, Princess Cruises adjusts the Crown Princess May 7 sailing out of Seattle, Washington.
See Cruise Hive
April 23, Ruby Princess, COVID-19 outbreak hits another Bay Area cruise ship voyage -- 132 passengers aboard the ship became sick with COVID-19 on a San Francisco to Hawaii voyage that ended last week and followed a trip to Panama in which 73 passengers also were stricken with the virus on the same ship.  
See Seattle Times
April 22, Viking Orion, High winds force cruise ship to cancel Santa Barbara stop  
See News Channel
April 22, Mariner OTS, Cargo ship collides with Royal Caribbean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Mariner of the Seas ship in Bahamas  
See Fox 35 Orlando
April 22, Costa Diadema, Six Drug-Smuggling Passengers Arrested in Santos, Brazil Preparing to Board with 30 Kilos of Cocaine  
See Cruise Law News
April 20, Grand Princess, Princess cruise ship with COVID-positive guests, staff docks in Los Angeles  
See Daily Mail
April 18, Oceania Riviera, No reason given, but skipped Malta without an explanation, other than headquarters said not to go due to legal issue. Also, three cabins on 11th floor were getting all meals by crew in Haz mat suits. We were not told anything by the cruise line. I asked specifically if we had any Covid aboard and were told by front desk that they did not know. There should be a requirement to keep passengers informed. I wonder if we were denied access to Malta because of this.
From passenger
April 16, Carnival Mardi Gras, Coast Guard searches for man, 43, overboard from a Carnival Cruise ship headed for Florida  
See Fox LA
April 16, MSC Seaside, Second drug bust on the MSC Seaside in Marseille  
See Crew Centre
April 12, MSC Seaside, 10 Arrested for Smuggling 54 kg Cocaine at Valencia  
See Crew Centre
April 3, Caribbean Princess, Start of B.C. cruise season delayed as first planned arrival in Victoria scrapped -- The company says the cancellation is due to work it wants to do on the vessel, however U.S. officials have confirmed they are also investigating cases of COVID-19 on board.  
See Global News
April 3, Brittany Ferries Salamanca, Brittany Ferries has apologised after its new eco flagship broke down after just its third journey, leaving passengers feeling like ‘hostages’ trapped in Spain.  
See The News
March 28, Ruby Princess, COVID outbreak among pax and crew  
See USA Today  
NOTE: The passengers who tested positive and have not finished the isolation period but had disembarked were set to complete their quarantine at home after private transportation or were provided with shoreside accommodations at hotels set up in coordination with the CDC and San Francisco Department of Public Health.
March 16, Carnival Horizon, Man plunges overboard @19:00 after ship leaves Cayman Islands   
See Miami Herald
March 14, Norwegian Escape, Runs aground off Dominican Republic -- hull damaged, cruise terminated; next cruise canceled  
See Cruise Industry News
February 17, Euroferry Oympia, Fire - passengers transferred to another ship  
See NDTV; Keep Talking Greece reports 11 people are missing and there are injuries.
February 17, Carnival Valor, 32 year old woman goes overboard after interaction with security  
See Fox8live
February 1, Crystal Serenity, Embattled Crystal Cruises diverts second ship to Bahamas, sends passengers to Fort Lauderdale  
See Miami Herald
January 30, Grandeur of the Seas, sailing from Barbados, refused port stop on 26th January to St Kitts due to number of covid infections on board. Ship had docked but walkways not connected when refused the ship spent the day circular cruising and all passengers refunded cruise cost for the day. Then on the 29th Jan, same ship refused entry to Grenada for same reason. No numbers given, but was above allowed thresholds. (Passenger report)
January 23, Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship Diverts to Bahamas to Avoid US Marshals in Miami  
See Travel Pulse
January 19, Silver Whisper Passengers of the Silver Whisper cruise ship were not allowed to go ashore by themselves in Guayaquil after 11 of the 228 travelers tested positive for COVID-19  See Merco Press
January 15, Norwegian Gem Passengers stuck at sea (until ship returns to NY) after NCL cancels Caribbean cruise mid voyage due to Covid-19
See NBC News
January 14, Carnival Sunshine Remains in ‘yellow status’ for COVID after Charleston departure
See Live 5 News
January 11, Princess Cruise Lines Pleads Guilty to Second Revocation of Probation Company Convicted of Violating Court Ordered Environmental Compliance Program  See US DOJ
January 9, MSC Meraviglia,  Arrives Back in Port Canaveral With 169 Crew Members and Sixty Guests Infected with COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
January 8, Nieuw Amsterdam Cancels one cruise, two charter dates change
See Seatrade Cruise News
January 7, COVID-19 infects 214 on five cruise ships in Brazilian waters
See Reuters
January 7, Roald Amundsen, Cruise liner Hurtigruten cuts short Antarctic voyage after COVID outbreak
See Reuters
January 7, Royal Caribbean International pauses operations on multiple ships due to COVID
See USA Today
January 7, Ruby Princess; Princess Cruise Ship Pulls Into San Francisco After Apparent COVID-19 Outbreak
See NBC Bay Area
January 7, Genting cancels two casino cruises due to HK Covid measures
See GGR Asia
January 7, Jewel OTS,  109 COVID-19 Infected Crew Members on the Jewel of the Seas
See Cruise Law News
January 6, Spectrum OTS,  Thousands allowed to disembark cruise ship after testing amid Hong Kong Covid scare
January 6, Jewel OTS,  Eighty COVID-19 Infected Crew Members and Five Guests Prepares to Transfer to Vision of the Seas
See Cruise Law News
January 5 Further NCL cancellations for six additional ships, not all in service yet
See Seatrade Cruise News
January 5, Cordelia,  More than 200 Passengers On Board Cruise Ship Test Positive In Mumbai
January 4, Jewel OTS,  With Fifty-One Crew Members Infected with COVID-19, ship Turned Away From Cartagena
See Cruise Law News
January 4, MSC Grandiose,  45 Covid positive passengers disembarked in the Italian port of Genoa on Monday
January 3, AIDAnova, COVID outbreak ends cruise for thousands on German ship in Lisbon
See Reuters
January 2, MSC Preziosa, Brazil health agency confirms COVID-19 cases in cruise ship (26 pax, 2 crew)
December 31, Odyssey OTS, Adjusts its itinerary and cancels scheduled visits to St. Thomas and San Juan.
See Cruise Hive
December 31, MSC Seashore, Denied Entry to Its Own Private Island in the Bahamas">Cruise Hive
December 31, Disney Fantasy, Ship turned away at St Thomas because of COVID-19
See Virgin Islands Daily News
December 30, U.S. CDC issued a new advisory that travelers should avoid traveling by cruise ship, regardless of vaccination status,
December 29, Harmony OTS,  Fifty People Infected on Harmony OTS during port call to Roatan
See Cruise Law News
December 29, U.S. CDC investigating nearly 88 cruise ships hit by COVID-19 cases
See NY1
December 28, Celebrity Reflection  
I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m currently in Celebrity Reflection and we were just informed that our San Juan stop has been canceled due to omicron
December 28, Carnival Vista,  Fifty Infected Crew Members on Carnival Vista during port call to Roatan
See Cruise Law News
December 27, U.S. CDC investigating nearly 70 cruise ships hit by COVID-19 cases
See Reuters
December 27, Jewel OTS,  Ship Shuffles Infected Crew Members Between Ships to Avoid Being Blocked at Caribbean Ports
See Cruise Law News
December 25, Koningsdam,  More than 1,000 Americans are stuck onboard cruise ship as Mexico refuses to allow them to disembark after 21 vaccinated crewmembers test positive for COVID
See Daily Mail
December 25, Carnival Freedom,  Ship stops at Dominican Republic after being refused at Curacao and Bonaire because COVID-19 onboard
December 23, MSC Seashore,  15 year old jumps from balcony cabin (deck 16) to his death landing on deck 8
See Reddit
December 23, Crystal Symphony and Serenity,  Discussion boards suggest a crew member on each ship has tested positive for COVID-19
See Crystal Society interest page on Facebook
December 22, Odyssey of the Seas,  55 test positive for COVID-19; denied entry to Curacao and Aruba  
See Miami Herald
December 21, MSC Seashore,  28 test positive with COVID-19 
See Cruise Law News
December 21, Queen Mary 2,  60 confined to cabins with COVID-19; unclear how and when 1100 passengers will be disembarked in New York (cruise began in Southampton) See Express
December 19, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NLC tighten mask requirements on all cruises  
See Cruise Hive and  USA Today
December 19, Explorer of the Seas,  St Lucia refused the ship docking because of COVID-19 onboard
See Cruise Hive
December 19, Carnival Panorama,  Mexico refused the ship docking because of COVID-19 onboard
See Cruise Law News
December 19, Symphony of the Seas,  48 cases of Covid-19 reported
December 19, Jewel of the Seas,  CDC raises Omicron/COVID-19 risk to Yellow after multiple cases reported
See Cruise Law News
December 11, Carnival Miracle, Woman "falls" overboard from balcony at 3AM off Mexico coast
December 10, Prudence Island ferry, Body Of 39 year old Woman Recovered Days After She Fell Overboard From RI Ferry
December 10, MSC Orchestra, MSC suspends cruises in South Africa as passengers locked down on liner amid Covid fears
December 8, Norwegian Breakaway, At least 3 More COVID-19 Cases on the Norwegian Breakaway As the NCL Cruise Ship Sails to Roatan
See Cruise Law News
December 5, Norwegian Breakaway, Seventeen passengers test positive with COVID-19
December 3, Europa, Arrived in Cape Town 29th Nov from Namibia. Pax were not allowed ashore until all tested negative for COVID and bussed directly to the airport. No shore excursions were allowed. Ship remained in port and departed directly for Mauritius only on 3rd December. Her itinerary was cut short.
November 17, COVID-19 Cases Continue
November 17 - CDC Issues a Yellow COVID-19 Warning for Jewel of the Seas
November 13 - Four Costa Smerelda passengers test positive for COVID-19
October 21 - Cruise Ships Reported 1,359 COVID-19 Cases, Resulting in Dozens of Medevacs and Hopitalizations to the CDC Between June 26 and October 21, 2021
October 23, Jewel OTS, Eleven passengers test positive with COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
October 12, Allure OTS, Fifteen crew test positive with COVID-19; disembarked at Bermuda
See Cruise Law News
October 2, Jewel OTS, Twelve passengers test positive with COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
September 30, Crystal Symphony, Six passengers test positive with COVID-19; disembarked at Bermuda
See Royal Gazette
September 29, Jewel OTS, Twenty-one passengers test positive with COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
September 25, Disney Fantasy, Parents Sue Disney Cruise Line Claiming 3 year old daughter sexually abused onboard
See Daily Mail
September 18, Jewel OTS, Five passengers test positive with COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
September 17, World Voyager, Five crew members positive with COVID 19; cruise canceled
See NDR Radio and TV
September 7, MSC Virtuosa, COVID onboard
See Cruise Law News
September 5, NCL Encore, From a Passenger
The following is from our cruise on NCL Encore from Seattle to Alaska 28 Aug-4Sept 2021:
  • Multiple crew test positive for COVID…no specific numbers given in letter given to passengers.
  • Everyone advised to mask up and schedule testing with the medical clinic if they were feeling poorly. 
  • One ambulance met ship upon docking in Icy Strait (Hoonah) on 30th.
  • One CODE Alpha called on last day of sailing 3 Sep.
September 5, NCL, Fully vaccinated Louisville family quarantined after pre-cruise positive COVID-19 test
September 5, Regal Princess, Cruise ship passenger with anxiety evacuated by lifeguard
See Island Echo
August 29, Harmony OTS, Guest (74 year old man) with COVID-19 hospitalized in Italy
See Cruise Law News
August 29, Ibiza passenger ferry runs aground leaving 25 injured
See Sky News
August 29, Carnival Panorama, Multiple passengers test positive for COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
August 26, Carnival Panorama, Propulsion problems lower maximum speed
See Long Beach Post 
August 22, Mein Schiff, Five crew test positive for COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
August 22, Independence OTS, Fully vaccinated couple denied boarding (despite also having a COVID test)
See Fox News
August 20, Mardi Gras, Three passengers test positive for COVID on ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s maiden voyage
See Florida Today
August 20, Europa (Hapag Lloyd), Millionaire Kai Wunsche, 81, is believed to have fallen off ship on Monday near the Dutch Island of Texel
See The Sun
August 17, Carnival Vista, Sixteen crew members and an unknown passengers test positive for COVID-19 during Roatan port call
See Cruise Law News
August 17, Carnival Vista, Passenger dies from COVID-19 (disembarked in Belize; dies after returning home)
See Cruise Law News
August 10, Carnival Vista, Twenty-six crew test positive for COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
August 6, Nieuw Amsterdam, Six people killed in crash of sightseeing plane from Ketchikan
See Fox News
August 5, Carnival Vista, An unstated number of passengers test positive with COVID-19; Carnival imposes a mask requirement (Lack of transparency)
July 30, Adventure OTS, Six passengers test positive for COVID (4 vaccinated, 2 not vaccinated); cruise began at Nassau
July 28, Wilderness Explorer (Uncruise), Seven vaccinated passengers test positive for COVID; Sailing canceled
July 27, Millennium, One vaccinated passenger tests positive for COVID; disembarked at Juneau
See Alaska Public Media
July 22, Phoenix Reisen\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Amera, Nine crew members test positive for COVID; Revised 26 July at 12 
See Cruise Law News
July 21, Independence OTS, Four crew members test positive for COVID; more than two dozen in quarantine
See Galveston News
July 17, Jewel OTS, Two passengers test positive for COVID
See Cruise Law News
July 15, Viking Sky, One passenger tests positive for COVID on cruise around Iceland
See Travel Agent Central
July 16, Constellation, Seven more passengers test positive for COVID
July 15, Dream World, Ship quarantined after a passenger tests positive for COVID
See Asia One News
July 14, Freedom OTS, Passenger evicted after testing positive for COVID on day 2 of cruise
See Yahoo News
July 11, MSC Grandiosa, Three passengers test positive for COVID
See Cruise Law News
July 10, American Cruise Lines\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' Constellation, One Crewmember and two passengers test positive for COVID; next cruise canceled
See USA Today
July 9, American Jazz riverboat, Aground and disembarked at Lake Barkley, Tennessee
See Fox News
July 6, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Several crew test positive for COVID
June 24, Adventure OTS, 2 pax test positive with COVID
See Travel Weekly
June 20, Anthem OTS, Quarantined after four crew test positive for COVID-19
See Crew Centre
June 15, Oyssey OTS, Inaugural cruise delayed after 8 crew members test positive for COVID-19
See NBC News
June 14, "Unknown" OTS, 69 pounds of cocaine seized by US Border Patrol
June 10, Celebrity Millenium, 2 pax test positive with COVID 19 at end of 100% vaccinated cruise
See USA Today
June 9, MSC Seaside, 2 pax with COVID 19 - disembarked with families
See USA Today
May 24, Odyssey of the Seas, 5 Crew members with COVID-19 - Infected disembarked
See USA Today
May 6. Costa Smerelda, Passenger with COVID-19 - Passenger disembarked
See Cruise Law News

May 1, Asuka II, Passenger with COVID-19 - Cruise canceled midway
See Japan Today

April 22, Odyssey OTS, Indian crew member gone overboard in Mediterranean
See Cruise Law News
April 20, Matanuska, Two crewmembers on Washington ferry to Alaska test positive for COVID-19
See Seattle Times
April 5, Bangladesh ferry, Collide with cargo ship and sunk - 34 of 50 onboard perish
See Arab News and Anadolou Agency
April 3, Staten Island ferry, Man (53) jumps overboard to his death
See NY Post
March 12, MSC Lirica, Fire while berthed at Corfu (Kerkyra)
See Greek City Times
March 6, Odyssey of the Seas, COVID-19 (2 workers) on ship in shipyard
See Cruise Industry News
February 17, MSC Grandiosa, COVID-19
See Cruise Law News
February 13, Mein Schiff 2, COVID-19 outbreak
See Cruise Law News
January 24, AIDA, 25 year old Officer disappears
Cruise Law News
January 22, Costa Smeralda, Hit cranes and quay while entering Savona -- limited damage to ship
December 9, Quantum OTS, COVID-19
Japan Today reports nearly 1,700 passengers on a Royal Caribbean "cruise-to-nowhere" from Singapore were told to stay in their cabins on Wednesday after a COVID-19 case was detected on board, forcing the Quantum of the Seas ship back to port, authorities said. All passengers had cleared a mandatory polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 up to three days before the cruise started on Monday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said. The infected passenger, an 83-year-old male, had reported to the onboard medical center with diarrhea, and others on board were told of the infection early on Wednesday. Royal Caribbean and the STB said all guests and crew of the ship who had close contact with the infected guest had subsequently tested negative for the virus. The passengers and crew will stay onboard in their rooms until contact tracing is complete, Annie Chang, director of the cruise segment at the STB said. They will all undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing before leaving the terminal. In the meantime, they are being given regular updates and meals are provided directly to their rooms.
December 6, Capt JP, Pax overboard
WSVN reports the U.S. Coast Guard says a man went missing after falling into the water from a dinner-cruise ship in the Gulf Coast in Florida. The agency said Saturday that Joel Henderson, 37, was not wearing a lifejacket when he fell from the Capt. J.P. boat late Friday. The company J.C. Cruises says Capt J.P. is a 475-passenger paddlewheel boat that tours the scenic Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
November 21, Viking Grace, Run Aground
EuroNews reports the Baltic Sea ferry with 331 passengers and a crew of 98 on board ran aground on Saturday in the Åland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden. Tug boats managed to pull the vessel free early on Sunday morning and tow it to nearby the port at nearby Mariehamn where passengers were able to disembark.
November 11, Seadream Yacht Club I, COVID-19 (7 passengers)
See NY Post and CNBC
November 5, Thurgau Chopin, COVID-19 (10 crew, unknown number of passengers
See Cruise Law News
October 31, Le Jacques Cartier (Ponant), COVID-19 (13 passengers)
See Cruise Law News or Maritime Executive
October 28, Swiss Crystal, COVID-19 (60 of 92 passengers onboard infected)
See Cruise Law News
October 23, AIDAblu, Pax denied re-embarkation because he broke COVID protocol
USA Today reports a passenger was not allowed to reembark after disobeying cruise line protocol on an excursion – a consequence to be implemented when cruising returns stateside, too. On Tuesday, during a shoreside excursion that was organized by the Carnival Corp. subsidiary in Catania, Italy, a passenger left his group, which violates the cruise line\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s rules for "protection and mitigation against COVID-19."
October 23, Seatran Ferry 12, Sunk
Maritime Bulletin reports passenger ro-ro cargo ship SEATRAN FERRY 12 (ex- OLIVE MARU NO.8) was caught in rough weather in Taiwan Strait off Kaohsiung Taiwan, and issued distress signal, late at night Oct 23. Taiwan Rescue services launched SAR, five ship’s crew were found in the water, floating in life jackets, all were rescued, two of them suffering from injures, but all are understood to be safe, luckily. 5 crew remain missing, SAR is ongoing. SEATRAN FERRY 12 understood to be bought by Thailand SEATRAN FERYY company in Japan earlier this year, the ship was under way from Japan to Thailand, Gulf of Siam, to be deployed on Gulf passenger lines. All 10 crew are reportedly Thai nationalities.
October 23, VistaSerenity, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports a COVID-19 outbreak on a river cruise ship on the Moselle River in Germany.  Germany newspapers report that members of the ship’s crew contracted the virus from a guest on a previous cruise. The article states: “145 new passengers were on board. But five days after departure, the tour operator AVista Reisen stopped the ship in Piesport, Rhineland-Palatinate. All passengers were then brought home by taxi transfer and had to be quarantined ... The crew members stayed on board.” 13 cases of COVID-19 infection were reported. The article does not state how many guests versus crew members were infected.
October 21, Pride of Hull, Fire
Grimsby Telegraph reports a fire broke out on the Pride of Hull ferry on Tuesday night, stranding the ship in the Humber off Immingham. The P&O super ferry with 264 people on board was sailing from Hull to Rotterdam when she came to a stop off the south bank of the Humber.
October 19, MSC Grandiosa, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports former guests on the MSC Grandiosa received emails this weekend from the Italian Ministry of Health advising them that a case of COVID-19 was confirmed on the cruise ship which left from Palermo on October 7th. Last week the ship sailed on another seven-day itinerary which left Genoa on October 11th and returned to that port yesterday evening. There are several reports that after calling on Palermo, the MSC ship sailed to Valetta, Malta. However, the Maltese maritime authorities denied the vessel permission to port and disembark guests for an shore excursion due to a suspected case of coronavirus among the crew members
October 15, Costa Diadema, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports seven guests on the Costa Diadema tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX.
September 27, Mein Schiff 6, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports a dozen crew members on Mein Schiff 6, the first cruise ship to dock in Greece after the coronavirus lockdown, have tested positive for COVID19, according to the Guardian newspaper. The cruise ship reportedly is moored off the Aegean island of Milos with 922 passengers onboard, according to the Greek coastguard. German media report that the cruise ship left the Cretan port city of Heraklion yesterday evening.  After the test results became known, the captain interrupted the voyage and waited for further instructions off of Milos. The ship is now supposed to go to the port of Piraeus.
September 26, Costa Diadema, COVID-19
ANSI reports a Costa Cruises crew member on the Costa Diadema, was landed today in Genoa because he tested positive for Covid. The news agency reports that five other people, apparently crew members, who had been in contact with the crew member were also sent ashore. The seafarer, of Indian nationality, had boarded the cruise ship a few days ago and had been placed in preventive isolation as required by the company’s procedures. During the mandatory screening, he tested positive although he was asymptomatic. The Italian Border Health Unit took over the care of the crew members and accompanied him to a facility dedicated to COVID patients.
September 21, Amorella, Ran aground
Aljazeera reports the ship ran aground off the island of Aland in the Baltic Sea with emergency services saying they were preparing to evacuate nearly 300 people on the vessel. The ship was headed towards Stockholm from Turku in Finland and ran aground about 12:50am local time on Sunday outside the city of Mariehamn on the autonomous Finnish island of Aland near the Swedish coast.
September 19, Finnmarken, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports Hurtigruten confirmed that a guest on board the MS Finnmarken tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Norwegian newspaper VG. The person in question who was tested is associated with the group which Hurtigruten chartered the expedition cruise ship to. The cruise ship is being used as a hotel in connection with the filming of the new “Mission Impossible” movie. The person who tested positive reportedly has had no symptoms so far. He will be tested again today.  The results of the repeat test is expected later tonight or tomorrow.  On the advice of health authorities, the infected person in question is currently  isolated ashore. The cruise ship is at the dock in Åndalsnes in Rauma. Earlier this summer 29 passengers and 42 crew members were confirmed with COVID-19 on Roald Amundsen and before that a guest and his wife aboard the MS Fridtjof Nansent tested positive for COVID-19.
September 19, Conviction for murder by throwing wife overboard
NBC Los Angeles reports a former Irvine attorney was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his ex-wife and throwing her body overboard while on a Mediterranean cruise to solve his financial disputes with the victim. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 62, was convicted June 15 of murder with a special-circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain in the killing of 52-year- old Micki Kanesaki, whose body was recovered by the crew of a research vessel on May 28, 2006, in the Mediterranean Sea near Italy.
September  10, Vasco da Gama, COVID-19
Cruise Law News reports guests and crew members on a CroisiEurope river cruise ship on the Douro River in Portugal tested positive earlier this week for COVID-19. Two French passengers and five crew members on the Vasco da Gama river cruise ship tested positive for the virus, after a passenger began exhibiting symptoms on Monday September 7th.  The cruise ship was reportedly preparing to disembark passengers at Cais da Lixa when the passenger fell ill. According to the newspaper, the passenger was hospitalized ashore. His test for COVID-19 was confirmed to be positive. His wife checked into a hotel ashore. Although she is asymptomatic, she was also tested and diagnosed with the virus. The information in the newspaper was reportedly confirmed from a source from the Northern Regional Health Administration (ARS) in Portugal. The other sixty-five guests departed from the ship and returned to their countries in France and Belgium before the health authority could intervene.
August 30, Silver Spirit , COVID-19
Al Arabia reports the management of the ship confirmed the existence of a suspected case of a COVID-19 coronavirus in a woman. The persons is isolated in the wings designated for those on board the ship who show signs of the virus. The ship was supposed to end its voyage tomorrow, Sunday morning, but the cruise has returned to the port of King Abdullah Economic City today, Saturday, instead of Sunday morning. Reports that all passengers will be isolated were not correct.
August 20, MSC Grandiosa, Pax barred from rejoining ship because they broke COVID protocol on a shore excursion
See Daily Telegraph
August 5, Wilderness Adventurer, COVID-19 Outbreak
Travel Weekly reports UnCruise Adventures confirmed Tuesday that a passenger on its current Alaska sailing tested positive for COVID-19. The U.S. flagged, small-ship company said that its vessel, the Wilderness Adventurer, was anchored in a secluded harbor while passengers were taking part on activities off the ship when the it was informed about the test. The vessel will return to Juneau, where it departed from on Saturday, and will put all guests in a local hotel where they will quarantine as prescribed by the company\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Alaska-approved Covid-19 contingency plan.
August 4, Seadream 1, COVID-19 Outbreak
Cruise Law News reports guests on SeaDream 1 have been ordered to stay in their cabins after a guest on the previous cruise tested positive for COVID-29 after returning home to Denmark. One of the 123 passengers on board the current cruise stated that the ship left Tromsø two days ago. “After we were ashore in Henningsvær early yesterday, we were told that we will not go ashore anymore. Then we anchored up in Nusfjord, before we came here to Reine.” Local hospitals are making arrangements to test the 85 crew members for COVID-19 on the ship.
August 4, Viking Star, COVID-19 Positive crewmember
NRK reports a crewmember has tested positive for COVID-19. All crew are now being tested and are quarantined. There were no passengers onboard yet.
August 4, Orient Queen, Ship destroyed
Cruise Law News reports the ship suffered critical damage in a bomb blast in Beirut. GC Captain reports two crewmembers were killed in the blast. The 1989-built, 300 passenger ship began to list and sank overnight.
August 2, Paul Guagin, COVID-19 Outbreak
Cruise Industry News reports Paul Gauguin Cruises has one case of COVID-19 aboard its cruise ship. The ship has docked in Papeete where all passengers and crew were expected to be tested. The current sailing is also said to be cancelled, according to local reports. The company has relaunched operations in July with a cruise for local residents, and was sailing its second voyage, open to international guests.
August 1, Roald Amundsen36, COVID-19 Outbreak
Euro News reports at least 36 crew members on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, days after nearly 200 passengers disembarked. Of the 158 crew members on board the MS Roald Amundsen36 are infected, Pal Jakobsen, media officer for the city of Tromso, told AFP, confirming a development that raises fears of a resurgence of cases in Norway. On Friday, four of the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s staff had already tested positive for the virus and have since been hospitalised. The ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s company Hurtigruten had earlier indicated 33 positive tests. The infected crew were all Filipino apart from three people from France, Norway and Germany. The ship arrived on Friday morning at the port of Tromsø north of Svalbard, where the remaining crew were quarantined on board. There are no guests currently on the vessel. Eight passengers have subsequently been found to be infected. UPDATE 6 Aug: Numbers revised to 53
June 16, Asuka II, Fire
Maritime Bulletin reports fire erupted on upper deck of NYK cruise ship ASUKA II, stuck at Yokohama since early May because of pandemic. The ship is berthed at Osanbashi, fire started at around 1330 Tokyo time Jun 16, with smoke billowing above upper deck in fore section. Firefighters and firefighting boats were deployed, the fire was probably, still on, as of 1530 Tokyo time, judging from aux boats being still at her side. Some may remember the ship as Crystal Harmony, 1989 - 2006.
NOTE: Thanks to those who queried whether I am OK given no new additions to the page. I assure you all is well -- social distancing and masking contributing to my safety. The garden is benefiting from being home (no complaints there).

I will resume listing events when the cruise industry actually resumes operations -- not aspirational promises that cannot and will not be realized. I realize there are still ships still at sea, mainly with stranded cruise ship crew members. Their plight is covered well at Cruise Law News and at Crew-Center.

Keep yourself and your loved ones well -- I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll "see" you back here when cruise ships begin sailing again with passengers. With socially distanced regards.
May 2, Jewel OTS, Crew member overboard
Cruise Law News reports yesterday, the captain of the ship made an announcement that after “search efforts and a thorough investigation” he was sorry to  share that a crew member by the first name of “Kristoff” (last name not mentioned) has “gone overboard.” The captain also announced that “local authorities had been informed and the family contacted and was being supported by the company’s care team. The crew member was employed on the ship as an electrician from Poland.
April 23, Costa Atlantica, 48 Crew members test positive for COVID-19 (ship in port in Yokohama)
See Channel News Asia

Update25 April: Japan Times reports nearly 60 new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed among crew members, domestic media reported Saturday. With testing of all crew members now complete, the new number, brings the total infections onboard the Costa Atlantica to around 150, roughly one quarter of the vessel’s 623 crew members. TV Asahi said 57 crew members tested positive. There were no passengers aboard the vessel.
April 18, Queen Victoria, Crew members test positive for COVID-19; ship off coast of England
See Business Insider
April 14, Norwegian Spirit, A passenger who disembarked in Cape Town on March 22, died of COVID-19 complications in Toronto on Apr. 12th. The passenger flew from Cape Town to Heathrow and then to Toronto.
From a reader
April 12, Pullmantur Horizon, 60% of crew are COVID-19 positive and all are "stuck" onboard in Port Rashid, Oman
From a crew member. Also see Crew-Centre
April 10, CDC Issues No-Sail Order until July 19, 2020 (applying to all ships in US waters)
Ships in North America with COVID-19 Cases Linked (see The Points Guy)
Passengers began showing symptoms while still on board:
  • Celebrity Eclipse (March 2 to 30)
  • Disney Wonder (March 6 to 20)
  • Grand Princess (Feb. 21 to March 7)
  • Norwegian Bliss (March 1 to 8)
  • Norwegian Breakaway (March 7 to 14)
  • Pride of America (Feb. 29 to March 7)
  • Riviera (Feb. 26 to March 11)
  • Liberty of the Seas (March 15 to 29)
  • Majesty of the Seas (Feb. 29 to March 7)
  • Oasis of the Seas (March 8 to 15)
  • Symphony of the Seas (March 7 to 14)
Passengers reported illness within 14 days after cruise:
  • Carnival Imagination (March 5 to 8)
  • Carnival Valor (Feb. 29 to March 5; March 5 to 9; March 9 to 14)
  • Carnival Vista (Feb. 15 to 22; Feb. 29 to March 7)
  • Celebrity Infinity (March 5 to 9)
  • Celebrity Reflection (March 13 to 17)
  • Celebrity Summit (Feb. 29 to March 7)
  • Crown Princess (March 6 to 16)
  • Disney Wonder (Feb. 28 to March 2)
  • Grand Celebration (Feb. 22 to 24)
  • Grand Princess (Feb. 11 to 21)
  • MSC Meraviglia (March 1 to 8)
  • Norwegian Bliss (March 8 to 15)
  • Norwegian Breakaway (Feb. 29 to March 7)
  • Explorer of the Seas (March 8 to 15)
Ships arriving from South America with COVID-19 onboard
  • Zaandam (arrive in FLL - April 3)
  • Coral Princess (arrive in Miami - April 5)
Ships elsewhere in World with known COVID-19 onboard
  • Diamond Princess (3 February, Yokohama)
  • Westerdam (11 February, Cambodia)
  • Braemar (February 11 - March 4, Havana)
  • Costa Luminosa (February 20 - March 5, FLL)
  • Voyager OTS (25 February - 7 March)
  • Voyager OTS (7-18 March)
  • Costa Luminosa (March 5 - March 25, Marseille)
  • Silver Explorer (March 14, Castro, Chile)
  • Celebrity Solstice (20 March, Sydney)
  • Ruby Princess ( March 8 - 21, Sydney)
  • Ovation OTS (11 - 18 March, Sydney)
  • Artania (29 March, Freemantle)
  • Greg Mortimer (10 April, Montevideo)
April 8, Coral Princess, 90 passengers remain onboard because of restrictions on international travel (See Ship Technology)
April 8, Greg Mortimer (Aurora Expeditions), 60% of pax test positive for COVID-19 on Antarctica cruise (see Erie News Now); Disembarking in Montevideo 10 April
April 8, Oasis OTS, 4 additional crew members evacuated with COVID-19 (brings total evacuated to 9) (see Cruise Law News)
April 7, Ruby Princess, About 200 crew onboard with COVID-19 symptoms (see Canberra Times)
According to Miami Herald, 235 crew members have had COVID-19 symptoms since March 8, and 87 have recovered, the company said. Australian police said that 16 crew members have tested positive so far.
April 5, Disney Wonder, Multiple passengers and 38 crew members test positive for COVID-19 (ship disembarked pax 19 March in San Diego)
See Cruise Law News
Cruise Law News further reports a large number of former guests on the Disney cruise ship developed COVID-19 symptoms after they disembarked in San Diego from the March 6 to March 19 cruise from New Orleans to San Diego. And, Disney knew that a guest who had cruised on a prior cruise to Mexico from February 27th to March 2nd had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from that cruise.
April 5, Celebrity Eclipse, Passengers disembarked while COVID-19 positive
KUSI News reports the ship docked Monday in the Port of San Diego.  One passenger was taken off the ship in an ambulance.  That woman is now in ICU at Sharp Memorial Hospital listed in critical care.  She is in her 70’s with no pre-existing conditions and tested positive for COVID-19. Officials from the Health and Human Services Department said all passengers on board were healthy and CDC guidelines were followed. More than two-thousand passengers were screened for a temperature under 100.4, then allowed to leave in buses and planes to go home. Now dozens of passengers from Finland to Florida are reporting positive COVID-19 test results, and more than 20 are still waiting for results.  Family members are questioning why officials claimed everyone was healthy and allowed people to travel home. KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke exclusively to one of the passengers on board and who is now in quarantine after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
April 5, Celebrity Infinity, Crew member dies on quarantined ship (no pax aboard)
See Miami Herald 
April 5, Oasis OTS, Two crew members evacuated from ship for medical reasons (no pax aboard)
See Miami Herald
April 4, Ruby Princess, Illness aftermath
Daily Mail reports New South Wales Health ministers have defended the controversial decision to allow passengers to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship despite knowing 104 were sick and 36 had flu like symptoms - and seven have since died. The cruise ship unloaded thousands of passengers at Sydney Harbour last month, despite the government having announced a 30-day ban on cruise arrivals just the day before. More than 600 of its passengers have since tested positive for COVID-19, a significant amount of cases in NSW. Emails have revealed NSW Health knew of the COVID-19 risk on-board the cruise ship including 15 passengers that had samples taken for flu like symptoms. In response, NSW Health ordered the samples be tested for COVID-19 and that all other passengers could leave the ship and go into isolation at home. They deemed the ship \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'low risk\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' after concluding that a large proportion of those on board tested positive to influenza but not enough for an \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'outbreak\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'. The NZ Herald reports there are now 13 confirmed cases in New Zealand attributed to Ruby Princess.
April 3, Zaandam & Rotterdam, Docked at Port Everglades and disembarking passengers (1200 pax allowed to fly home after health screening, 14 critically ill taken from ship, 76 syptomatic quarantined onboard -- total of 107 passengers and 143 crew exhibited influenza-like symptoms since March 22). (See USAToday)
April 2, Cunard Line, Extends "pause of operations" until 15 May 2020 (communication to pax --- aspirational thinking, obviously)
April 2, P&O Cruises, Plan to resume regular operations 16 May 2020 (communication to pax)
April 2, Coral Princess, 12 cases of COVID-19 confirmed onboard -- ship due at Fort Lauderdale on 4 April ... disembarkation at FLL canceled;
See OC Register

Disembarks at Miami April 5 (2 dead)
Miami Herald
April 2, Resolute, Collision with and sinks Venezuelan Navy vessel
Maritime Executive reports an encounter between the Venezuelan patrol vessel GC-23 Naiguata and the ice-class expedition cruise ship RCGS Resolute resulted in the patrol vessel\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s sinking, according to the government of Venezuela. In a statement, RCGS Resolute\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s operator asserted that the cruise ship was approached by an armed Venezuelan Navy vessel at a position about 13 nm off Isla de Tortuga. The Resolute was drifting with one engine idling and one engine undergoing maintenance. The Venezuelan vessel ordered Resolute\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s crew to follow to the port of Puerto Moreno, Isla de Margarita. As this would result in a deviation from the cruise ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s planned voyage, the master sought to confirm with the shipowner before complying with the request. While the Resolute was consulting with the home office, the Venezuelan Navy vessel allegedly fired shots and then purposely collided with the Resolute\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s starboard side. The ramming was repeateded, the firm said, until the Venezuelan vessel encountered Resolute\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s hardened bulbous bow and sustained severe damage. Resolute did not suffer any harm affecting her seaworthiness, and after contacting maritime rescue authorities in Curacao, she waited on scene for one hour, her operator said. After MRCC Curacao released her from the scene, she got under way for Willemstad. Images taken from the pier in Curacao show that the damage to Resolute appears relatively minor.
April 1, Coral Princess, Planned arrival at Fort Lauderdale on April 4 (Illness onboard)
From Princess website: The medical center onboard Coral Princess has reported a higher-than-normal number of people presenting influenza-like symptoms. Many have tested positive for regular influenza, however given the concern surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), and out of an abundance of caution, guests have been asked to self-isolate in their staterooms and all meals will now be delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working. Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening - Tuesday, March 31. This is a service call only and no guests or crew will be permitted to go ashore during this time. Following her service call to Barbados, Coral Princess is currently scheduled to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale for disembarkation, with an estimated arrival date of April 4.
April 1, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cancellations (Source: Wink News)
  • All Alaska sailings through and including June 30, 2020;
  • All San Francisco sailings through 2020;
  • All Carnival Radiance sailings through and including November 1, 2020;
  • All Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020.
April 1, Summary of Some COVID-19 Numbers in Australian Coastal Waters (Source: The Guardian)
Ruby Princess
- more than 400 cases traced to disembarkation on 8 and 19 March in Sydney
Radiance OTS - 6 crew members brought ashore with illness; no pax aboard
Ovation OTS - 79 confirmed cases linked to the ship
Artania - 450 crew members refuse to leave ship after 29 Australian passengers onboard tested positive for COVID-19
April 1, Calls to repatriate 15,000 cruise ship workers on ships off the coast of Australia
See The Guardian
March 31, Carnival Corporation, 6,000 passengers still at sea during pandemic
See Raw Story
March 31, Celebrity Eclipse, Confirmed that 1 passenger and 2 crew tested positive for COVID-19 when the ship docked at San Diego
See CBS8
March 31, Disney Wonder, 2 persons (one pax, one crew) test positive with COVID-19 (disembarked March 19/20)
See The Sun
March 31, Queen Mary 2, One suspected case of COVID-19 onboard; waiting for permission to disembark 6 South African crew members (who will be quarantined)
From a reader
UPDATE: Six South African crew members disembark at Durban. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among them or onboard. The ship is bunkering and will then continue on to Southampton.
UPDATE April 3: Passenger medical evacuated (airlifted) off coast (see here)
March 31, Ruby Princess, Infected crew members are medically evacuated in the dead of night from coronavirus-infested Ruby Princess cruise ship and rushed to Sydney hospital - with one in a critical condition
See Daily Mail
March 30, Symphony OTS & Oasis OTS, Two crew members with COVID-19 medically evacuated to Miami (Oasis OTS has 14 confirmed cases)
See Miami Herald
March 29, Queen Mary 2, Anchored off Durban awaiting provisions
Arrived off Durban on Thursday 26 March from Fremantle, where most of her passengers were disembarked. Those that remain on board are understood to be passengers returning to the UK who are otherwise unable to fly and will return instead with the ship, whose destination remains Southampton. When she finally enters port to take bunkers and any necessary supplies. See here 
March 29, Artania, 70 suspected infected with COVID-19
Cruise Mapper reports more than 70 cruise passengers and crew members onboard the Artania ship in Fremantle are suspected of being infected with COVID-19 causing further problems for the West Australian government. Premier Mark McGowan is pushing for the Commonwealth to take responsibility for the vessel. It is understood among the options considered for the ship is to sail to a defense base like the detention centre at Christmas Island or HMAS Stirling at Garden Island. On Friday, March 27, nine people confirmed or suspected of being infected with Coronavirus disembarked from Artania and were taken into quarantine at the police academy. Two other ill people, who don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t have the virus, remained in hospital after leaving the liner on Thursday. Plans were underway for the hundreds of healthy European travellers and some crew members to be flown to Germany on 3 planes over the weekend.
March 27, Zaandam, Influenza/COVID-19 outbreak (four dead)
NPR reports four people have died, and nearly 140 passengers and crew members have flu-like symptoms on a cruise ship currently holding off the coast of Panama. The ship left Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7, but passengers were not allowed to disembark at stops after March 14 in Chile. On Thursday, (26 March) the cruise line said a number of patients were tested for COVID-19 and two were positive. All 1,243 guests and 586 crew members have received face masks and instructions in how to wear them. In a Facebook post, Holland America says the four people who died were "older guests" and that it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s doing all it can to provide support for their families. UPDATE: Met by Rotterdam and passengers in inside cabins reportedly transferred so they would have an outside cabin. Both ships are en route to Fort Lauderdale after transiting the Panama Canal.
March 26, Arcadia, Allowed to dock at Durban to refuel and reprovision; pax not allowed to disembark
From a reader
March 25, Zaandam, In search of a port to disembark
Travel Weekly reports: the Zaandam, currently sailing off the west coast of South America, will rendezvous with the Rotterdam ship in two days to get extra supplies, additional staff and Covid-19 test kits. The Zaandam needs the provisions because people onboard have flu-like symptoms and no ports in South America will allow the ship to disembark. Holland America said no ports are open to the ship between Chile and Fort Lauderdale. The Florida city’s Port Everglades is now tentatively the Zaandam’s final destination. A March 30 arrival is anticipated, but plans are still being finalized and “alternative options” are being explored. Holland America is trying to get permission to transit the Panama Canal. No passengers have disembarked the Zaandam since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile. The ship had been sailing a South America voyage that departed Buenos Aires on March 7 and was originally scheduled to end in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21.  Holland America said that 13 passengers and 29 crew on the Zaandam have reported to the ship’s medical center with influenza-like symptoms. There are 1,243 passengers and 586 crew onboard, and all passengers have been instructed to stay in their cabins.
March 24, Azamara Pursuit, In search of a port to disembark
From a passenger: the Pursuit is healthy but have been turned away form every port in south America .  We have been at sea over a week.  WE spent about 3 days in Valparaiso waiting for the Chilean government to decided if we could land. They didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t but after days of negotiation they refueled and re provisioned us. We spent the next 4-5 days sailing to the Panama canal where we hope to get a slot to pass through. First we will refuel and re provision before heading to Miami. UPDATE 27 March: The pursuit was refueled and re supplied in Balboa  and transited the Panama canal today,  Every one onboard remains healthy and enjoyed the transit.   We are making 19 knots and expect to arrive Miami on march 30. No one is sure how disembarkation will work.   No one wants to leave the Pursuit    The captain,crew and staff on board and in Miami have done a wonderful job handling a most difficult situation.
March 24, Queen Mary 2, ETA at Durban 27 March
From a reader
March 24, Norwegian Jewel, Arrived in Honolulu
From a passenger: On the Ncl Jewel now in hnl. A few groups of passengers have gone to charter planes and have flown out. A lot of us still on the ship waiting for the other charter planes to fly out tomorrow. We go on private busses to straight to the private planes. Can’t use bathrooms other than the ship or plane.
March 24, Magnifica, Allowed to refuel at Freemantle under police guard (no one allowed to disembark)
See The Guardian
March 23, Coral Princess, Difficulty finding a place to disembark passengers
See Cruise Hive
March 23, Five ships with COVID-19 identified by Australia as disembarking Pax in Sydney
Ruby Princess, 19 March
Ovation of the Seas, 11-18 March
Voyager of the Seas, 25 Feb - 7 March
Voyager of the Seas, 7 - 18 March
Celebrity Solstice, 20 March
See News.Au
March 22, MSC Orchestra, Alongside at Durban. All pax disembarked in goups of 100 per batch. Crew repatriation will commence Monday 23/3/20.
From a reader
March 22, Arcadia, Arrived at Durban, remains at anchor
From a reader
March 22, AIDAmira, In port at Cape Town, All pax remain onboard awaiting arrival of planes from German government for repatriation. Crew will remain onboard.
From a reader
March 22, Silver Cloud, In port at Cape Town, All remain onboard ... UPDATE: Sailed from Cape Town 24/3/20, heading to Gibralter ETA 16/4/20
From a reader
March 22, NCL Spirit, Disembarked passengers at Cape Town after 17 days at sea
From a passenger
March 20, Amsterdam World Cruise, Ending at Freemantle March 22 at 9AM (instead of May  - Pax left to make own air arrangements home, with reimbursement at a maximum of $1250 (which is NOT SUFFICIENT! -- Air fare on Qantas Perth->NYC is $2K+ in steerage class; $12K in business class ... if you can get a seat)
From a passenger

Update: Another passenger wrote to say the ship arrived at Freemantle on the 21st (he didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t say what date he disembarked and flew out). He also objected to the airfare cited above -- he got an economy class seat from Perth to SC for $815 (I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m impressed -- the figures mentioned above were found by me at the Qantas website, but for many good reasons I do not book the absolute thriftiest seat on a plane)
March 21, Ruby Princess, Disembarks 2700 pax in Sydney -- More than 130 people from the cruise have now tested positive, making it the biggest single source of infections in Australia.
See The Guardian and BBC
March 20, Coral Princess, Passengers quarantined in Buenos Aires
See Press and Journal
March 20, AIDAmira, German government sending four planes to repatriate quarantined passengers
See News 24
March 20, Pacific Princess & Vasca de Gama, Foreign pax must quarantine upon arrival in Western Australia
See WA Today
March 19, Diamond Princess, Food service workers were main carriers of Covid-19
See NY Post
March 19, Carnival Miracle docks at San Pedro (LA)
From a passenger
March 18, Golden Princess, Quarantined at Melbourne
See Daily Mail
March 18, Braemar, Docks at Cuba, pax to be flown to UK
March 18, Norwegian Jewel & Maasdam, Not allowed to disembark passengers; refuel and load provisions
See here
March 18, Costa Luminosa, Unable to find a port (heading into Mediterranean)
See Washington Post
March 18, Voyager OTS, Finally docks and disembarks
From a passenger
: Just disembarked from Voyager of the seas. Pacific cruise to only two ports, then denied Luganville and Port Vila so they tried Brisbane. No luck then found out they needed to get to Aust waters by midnight on Sunday or could not berth anywhere. We spent three days circling outside Sydney except for two entries to Sydney Harbour for medical emergencies. Several lock downs due to fights and one passenger on suicide watch! UPDATE: three passengers were subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19
March 17, MSC suspends domestic departures in South Africa
See here
March 17, Disney Wonder, Scheduled to arrive in  San Diego 19 March @ 10AM
Initial Investigation of Transmission of COVID-19 Among Crew Members During Quarantine of a Cruise Ship — Yokohama, Japan, February 2020
See CDC Study
March 17, Norwegian Bliss, COVID-19 on 1 - 8 March cruise
From a passenger: Was advised last night  by email from NCL that an individual was reported to be infected with the coronavirus on the Bliss during the March 1 to 8 cruise.
March 17, AIDAmira. Held outside Cape Town because of COVID-19
See Times Live
March 17, Celebrity Eclipse, Now headed to San Diego, anticipating arrival in 10 days
From a passenger
March 17, Pacific Princess, World Cruise ending in Freemantle on March 21
From a reader
March 16, Azamara Quest & Celebrity Solstice, Passengers abandon ship in Dunedin
See Otago Daily Times
March 16, Carnival Miracle, Where is it headed?
From a passenger: Unknown where we are heading skipped last port of Cabo heading to calif hoping to get off in a calif port.
March 16, Azura, Cruise canceled, returning to home port
From a passenger: A passenger was flown off yesterday ill but for reasons unknown. All remaining stops are cancelled and decision is being made what to do now, possibly they will sail straight back to UK.
March 16 Silver Explorer, Docked at Castro, Chile; one pax tests positive for COVID-19
March 16, Rotterdam, Cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale (11-27 March) terminates at Puerto Vallarta today
From a reader
March 16, Amsterdam World Cruise, Unclear where they are headed -- likely Perth is still the plan
From a Passenger: Found out yesterday that all Australia ports closed to cruise ships. We were going to Darwin today with final disembarkation in Perth on 3/24.Now slowing sailing west until HAL decides what to do. Everything is good on ship. No cases of COVID19 as far as we know.
March 16, Oceania Marina, Denied port calls at Peru and Chile, headed toward Panama Canal and then to ???
From a passenger
March 16, Grandeur OTS, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 57 of 1746 (3.2%) passengers and 4 of 798 (0.5%) crew reported ill on the cruise ending March 19th at Baltimore. UPDATE 18 March: 98 of 1764 (5.56%) passengers and 7 of 798 (0.88%) crew.
March 16, Amazara Pursuit, Off Chile negotiating for a port
March 15, MSC Meraviglia , Disembarking passengers not screened for COVID-19 in Miami
See Miami Herald
March 15, AIDAmira. Delayed arrival at Capetown because of winds
From a reader

March 15, Marella Celebration, Denied offloading ill passenger at Funchal; continuing on to UK
From a passenger
March 15, Celebrity Eclipse, Being held offshore from San Antonio, Chile (port closed) at end of 14 day cruise from Buenos Aire -- UPDATE: Docked but one more day (17 March) or more until debarkation
From a passenger
March 15, Golden Princess, Pax held onboard at Christchurch
See Straits Times
March 14, Cunard cancels Queen Mary 2 sailing
See here
March 14, MSC Magnifica, Pax held onboard at Hobart; unclear whether they will be allowed to disembark in Sydney
See here
March 14, Silver Shadow, Quarantined off Brazil
See Daily Mail
March 14, Celebrity Summit, Denied entry to San Juan; sailing to Florida for debarkation on Monday
From a passenger
March 14, NCL Spirit, Missed ports (supplies limited)
From a passenger: We are aboard of NCL Spirit, from Dubai to Cape town... None of the schedule ports received us, so we are going straight to Cape town, arriving on March 22. It means 15 sea days straight. Supplies are limited.
March 14, Norwegian Jewel, Not sure where they are headed
From a reader: Nobody really knows what’s going on. Norwegian Jewel turned back in the Polynesian Islands - reportedly heading to Fiji, then Sydney, possibly New Zealand, possibly Hawaii. Nobody knows and no info coming from NCL. Passengers have limited wifi and are receiving limited information. UPDATE: They were heading to New Zealand, but New Zealand has closed ports to cruise ships. Unclear where things are going, but supplies are becoming an issue. UPDATE: Planned arrival in Fiji on 17 March, subsequently canceled on 15 March
Heading to Samoa to be refueled and then to Hawaii. UPDATE 17 March: Not disembarking in Hawaii after -- TBD
March 13, Coastal & Maritime Voyages suspends operations until April 24 (ships returning to homeports to disembark passengers)
See here Marella Celebration is headed to an unnamed UK port due to port closures in the Mediterranean.
March 13, Holland America Line suspends operations for 30 days (but the World Cruise continues until March 24)
See here
March 13, Carnival Cruise Lines cancels all sailing 14 March - 10 April
See Cruise Radio
March 13, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara and Silversea cancel all sailings from the US until 10 April (non-US embarkations continue)
See Cruise Critic
March 13, Canada bans all cruise ships over 500 passengers until July 1
March 13, CLIA-member lines imnposed policy to deny boarding  to any person over the age of 70 years unless they are able to present a doctor\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s note verifying their fitness for travel on a cruise ship. (Unclear how many people will be denied boarding and with this unilateral change to the cruise contract whether they can claim a refund (and damages)).
March 13, Quantum OTS and Jewel OTS,  Cruises canceled
The March 16 cruise on Jewel OTS and all April sailing of Quantum OTS have been canceled (see Cruise Hive)
March 13, Amsterdam World Cruise, Holland America operations as normal
From a passenger: At noon today, Captain Jonathan Mercer announced that contrary to Princess and Viking Cruises decision to temporarily cease all operations, Holland America will NOT be suspending any of its operations for now. So we continue onward around Australia for now.
March 13, Carnival rerouting ships from Turks and Caicos to Nassau (Bahamas) because of policies in Turks
See Nassau Guardian
March 13, Royal  Caribbean International bans passengers over age 70
See Royal Caribbean Blog
March 13, Port of Funchal (Madeira) closes to cruises ships
See Madeira Island Direct
March 12, Port of Estonia closes to cruise ships
See here
March 12, Port of Monaco closes to cruise ships
See here
March 12, MSC Divina, Opera, & Fantasia, Cruise cancelations through April
See here
March 12, Celestyal Cruises suspends operations
See here
March 12, Avalon Waterways suspends operations
See here
March 12, Disney Cruise Line suspends operations
See here
March 12, Costa Magica, Allowed to dock at Barbados for supplies but passengers could not disembark
See Barbados Today
March 12, Port of Seattle, Cancels first two port calls (April 1 (Grand Princess) and April 5 (Celebrity Eclipse)
See here
March 12, Scarlet Lady, Virgin Cruises, Delays maiden voyage until 7 August 2020 (launch and festivities 15 July)
See here
March 12, Holland America Line Compassion Policy for Cancellations
For guests currently booked on upcoming cruises, Holland America Line is temporarily changing its cancellation policy and allowing guests to cancel their cruise or Alaska Land + Sea Journey departing through May 31, 2020. These temporary policy changes do not apply to charter cruises. (
March 12, Princess suspends all operations for 60 days
March 12, Viking suspends operations until May 1
See USA Today
March 12, Costa cancels all cruises to ports in Italy (2 ships effected) until April 3
See CrewCentre
March 11, Braemar, 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 onboard (4 crew, 1 guest); Next cruise canceled
See Fred Olsen Cruises
March 11, Westerdam, Illness outbreak (gastro)
CDC reports 2 of 18 (11.11%) passengers and 24 of 680 (3.53%) crew reported ill on the cruise ending March 16th at Honolulu.
March 11, Bergen and Stavanger ban all cruise ships until further notice
See Forbes
March 11, Amsterdam, World cruise itinerary changes and uncertainty
From a passenger: There are many passengers aboard the MS Amsterdam  World Cruise (most in their 80s) worried by the lack of communication from Holland America leadership HQ about the plans for continuing or ending the cruise.   While other cruise lines like Viking Ocean and Oceania have already offered their World Cruisers options to depart early with generous refunds and generous future cruise credits, nothing has been offered by HAL.  Instead our itinerary has been changed twice already; we are no longer going to Singapore, Bali, India, Seychelles, Maldives or  Sri Lanka.  We are presently going around Australia instead of going northward towards Indonesia as originally planned with still NO word from HAL about where we will go after March 25th.
March 11, Jewel OTS, Cruise back in Dubai after being denied at Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani (its only ports of call) - cannot disembark until tests of two passengers
March 10, Onshore at Fort Lauderdale, 3 cruise ship greeters test positive for COVID-19, potentially exposing 50,000 passengers to the virus
See ABC News and Sun Sentinel
March 10, Norwegian Jewel, "Code Red" -- no details of the reason
From  a passenger
March 10, Norwegian Spirit, Denied port call at Seychelles (will have been "at sea\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' for ten days by the time they reach the next port
From a passenger
March 9 Caribbean Princess, Skips port call at Cayman and but picks up test kits for two crew to be tested for COVID-19; held at sea outside Miami until test results received (both crew members had transferred from Grand Princess)
See Miami Herald
UPDATE: The tests were negative and the ship docked at Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. The next cruise was canceled because of labour shortages at the cruise terminal.
See Local10
March 9, Braemar, A passenger from Alberta (Canada), onboard February 11 - March 4, tests positive for COVID-19
March 9, AIDAmira , Delayed arrival by one day at Cape Town (weather/winds) - 6 other ships waiting to enter port
From a reader
March 9, Costa Luminosa, Denied port call at Antigua
From a passenger: Our cruise ship was denied entry into Antigua today. It appears, based on news reports, that we had a passenger taken off the ship during out Puerto Rico stop yesterday that had a fever, dry cough and respiring issues. Of course, Costa is not sharing any details with passengers.
March 9, Regal Princess, Delayed return to FLL from 14 day cruise because of COVID-19 (arrived Sunday night at 10PM after two crew members tested negative), next 7 day Cruise canceled
See Miami Herald
March 8, Allure OTS, Detour for medical emergency
From a passenger: There was an alpha code on the flow rider early this morning.  All we know now is that we are heading to the azores as a helicopter is supposed to come and pick up a passenger due to a medical emergency.  Not sure it is this one or the one who needed blood two days ago.  We were heading to Malaga.
March 8, Grand Princess, Cancelation
We can only guess that the Hawaii cruise scheduled for 7 March has been canceled given the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s quarantine.
March 8, Carnival Panorama, 4000 passengers kept onboard at Long Beach while testing for COVID-19
See here
March 7, Royal Princess, Cruise canceled at last minute because of COVID-19
Sent by a Passenger: Yesterday Princess Cruises was requested by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to share information about a crew member who previously served on Grand Princess and transferred to Royal Princess fifteen days ago. The crew member is now 15 days past last potential exposure to COVID-19, has always remained asymptomatic, and had no known contact or exposure to other guests and crew who became symptomatic. After sharing all information and details about the crew member, the CDC approved clearance for Royal Princess yesterday with no restrictions placed on the vessel. However late this afternoon, they informed us of their decision to issue a no-sail order until the crew member was tested for COVID-19. We have unfortunately been unable to obtain this test given the late timing of the request. As the crew member testing process and timing is uncertain, we have cancelled the cruise.
March 7, Costa Fortuna, Denied port call at Malaysia and Thailand
See Hawaii News Now
March 7, MSC Divina, Skips port call at Ocho RIos in retribution
Jamaica Gleaner reports the Ocho Rios cruise ship pier remained empty on Friday after MSC Cruise pulled its vessel from a scheduled visit, diverting it to Grand Cayman. A source in the tourism sector said that information out of Miami, where the ship was docked, is that the move was a direct reaction to Jamaican authorities’ decision to deny passengers and crew from another of their vessels, MSC Meraviglia, from landing in Ocho Rios on February 25, because of concerns relating to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
March 7, Grand Princess, COVID-19 outbreak/quarantine
21 persons have tested positive for COVID-19; 19 are members of the crew. There was a cluster of at least 10 cases on the previous cruise. See here.

March 6, Celebrity Silhouette, Pax dies in fall from balcany
From a passenger: At around 10PM a Male passenger fell from room balcony onto the deck below, dying instantly. Ship returned to Port of Miami to disembark the body and another passenger who experienced a medical incident that same evening during dinner. Ship resumed it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s course today. UPDATE 8 March: After returning to Port to disembark the body and the heart attack patient, we sailed off to resume our itinerary. Last night, the captain made another announcement. Due to another two medical emergencies, we turned around and headed back to the port of Miami to disembark them this morning. Hopefully we will set sail again soon with a new itinerary. At this point, we don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t know what\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s in store for us. But that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s ok. We have a beautiful balcony stateroom, great food, a beautiful spa to take advantage of, wonderful staff to take care of us, and of course, a beautiful ship to explore.

March 6, MSC Opera, Denied port call at Malta
March 6, Carnival Magic, Denied port call at Grand Turk
See Cruise Hive
March 6, Nile River cruise vessel, 150 quarantined with COVID-19
Egyptian Streets reports Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the regional office of the World Health Organisation announced on Friday that 12 Egyptians had tested positive for COVID-19, but have not yet shown any symptoms. The twelve people tested had worked on a Nile cruise ship sailing from Aswan to Luxor. According to the joint statement, a Taiwanese national of American origins had tested positive for COVID-19 more than a couple weeks ago after returning from a Nile cruise trip in Egypt. The 12 who tested positive for COVID-19 are now in isolation in a hospital. Everyone who has been in contact with those 12 – including others on the cruise ship – will remain in quarantine, announced the joint statement. UPDATE: Hawaii News Now reports Egyptian authorities say a cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River with over 150 tourists and local crew is in quarantine, and 45 people tested positive for the new coronavirus.
March 5, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, Computers hacked; pax data compromised
CNBC reports both cruise lines announced this week that hackers gained access to personal information such as passport and Social Security numbers of guests, crew and employees. Earlier this week, Carnival Corp. — the parent company of Princess and Holland America cruises Ã‚— reported that hackers gained unauthorized access to some employee email accounts between April 11 and July 23, 2019. Those accounts contained the personal data of those who traveled and worked on-board the Princess and Holland America ships, exposing a wide range of data.
March 5, MSC Bellissima, Denied entry by Qatar and Bahrain; 7-day cruise to/from Dubai ends one day early.
From a passenger
March 4, MSC Opera, Quarantined in Greece (?)
Maritime Bulletin reports more than 2,000 passengers on board of cruise ship MSC OPERA are told not to leave the ship, which is due to visit Corfu Island, Greece, on Mar 5. Austrian tourist, who travelled on board of MSC OPERA last week and departed in Italy on Feb 28, was tested positive for coronavirus on return to Austria. All 2,000 passengers on Mar 4 have been told to remain on board of cruise ship after being urgently called back from excursions in Athens. The ship arrived at Piraeus in the morning Mar 4, left port in the afternoon, and as of 1900 UTC Mar 4 was sailing in Aegean sea along eastern coast of Peloponnese Peninsula, ETA Corfu morning Mar 5. 14-day quarantine for all people on board was mentioned, hopefully authorities will find another option and avoid this awful mess. Mar 5 UPDATE: According to Greek officials and Health authorities, news published by British tabloids are not confirmed and at the very least, can be considered as exaggerated. The ship left Piraeus with clean Health Certificate, there are no cases of any infection on board, and all people on board will undergo health screening on arrival to Corfu. As of 0700 UTC Mar 5, the ship was in Ionian sea steaming towards Corfu, ETA 0900 UTC Mar 5. (see Fleetmon)
March 4, Grand Princess, COVID-19 outbreak/quarantine
The following is posted at the Princess website: Last night / early this morning, our chief medical officer Dr. Grant Tarling issued this Health Advisory Letter to guests and crew currently sailing onboard Grand Princess. A similar notification has been emailed to guests who sailed on the previous voyage. Guests Health Advisory – Coronavirus: I wish to advise you that today we have been notified by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they are investigating a small cluster of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Northern California connected to our previous voyage that sailed roundtrip San Francisco from February 11 to February 21. We are working closely with our CDC partners and are following their recommendations. For those guests who sailed with us on our previous voyage, in an abundance of caution the CDC requires you to remain in your stateroom until you have been contacted and cleared by our medical staff. A member of our medical team will be calling you between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM this morning. You may order room service while you wait for the medical screening to be completed, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Also see here.
March 3, Silver Spirit, Denied port call Yangon port in Myramar
See Daily Telegraph
March 2, AIDAaura, Put under a 24 hour quarantine while the ship was docked in Haugesund, Denmark.
See Daily Telegraph
March 2, Carnival Freedom & Carnival Horizon, Carnival cancel calls at Grand Cayman and Jamaica (in retaliation?)
See Cruise Law News
March 1, Sun Princess, Met by protestors at Reunion Island (health concerns)
Daily Mail reports the ship was greeted by protesters who threw stones and screamed at the crew as they tried to dock in Reunion Island because they thought the ship was infected with coronavirus. Police were forced to use tear gas to end the ugly clash after 30 locals from the French Republic, east of Madagascar, gathered as the Sun Princess docked on March 1. Protesters were concerned people on board could be carrying coronavirus after the ship docked in Thailand in early February.
March 1, Carnival Ecstasy, Delayed departure
First Coast News reports officials with the Carnival Cruise Line confirmed a delayed departure from Jacksonville Saturday is not connected to Covid-19. First Coast News received multiple calls regarding a Carnival Cruise ship that was supposMed to depart Jacksonville at 4:30 p.m. but still remained at the port as of 5:30 p.m. Viewers reported seeing fire trucks, ambulances, a hazmat team and one person taken from the ship via ambulance. Some worried it may be connected to the coronavirus. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., a Carnival spokesperson said that is not the case and that the issue was the result of miscommunication. The spokesperson said the cruise line was trying to get a crew member to a shoreside hospital "for rather routine medical observation and this was not a suspected Covid-19 case." The spokesperson said the crew member had not visited any regions affected by the Covid-19 spread in the past two weeks.
February 29, Grandeur OTS, Illness (influenza) outbreak
Baltimore Sun reports a flu outbreak sickened 82 people (3.35% of passengers) aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that returned to Baltimore last week, prompting the cruise line to isolate them and notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but none of the sick passengers and crew met the criteria for the coronavirus, a Royal Carribean spokeswoman confirmed Friday.
February 29, Emerald Princess, Arrives in port early -- four pax removed to ambulances
CBSreports on Friday night, the Emerald Princess came into port — hours before its scheduled arrival. The Los Angeles City Fire Department said it received a call for help just before 8 p.m., deploying four ambulances to Berth 93. When paramedics arrived, two people had suffered unknown injuries on the ship and two others were suffering from unknown illnesses. Those four patients were taken to nearby hospitals without lights or sirens. The ship was scheduled to return tomorrow from a 28-day trip to Hawaii and the south Pacific and the illnesses were not related to the Coronavirus. The Port of Los Angeles police said all of the remaining passengers were being kept on the ship overnight because they cannot get off without going through customs, which will not be staffed until the morning.
February 29, Seabourn Sojourn, Denied landing at Male, Maldives March 5 & 6
From a passenger: The ship will overnight in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 6 & 7 instead. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m on World Cruise.
February 28, Enchantment OTS, Turned away at Costa Maya; rerouted to Cozumel arriving at 7PM
From a passenger

February 28, Oceania Regatta, Turned away by Apia and Pago Pago, both Samoa Ports
From a passenger
February 28, Voyager OTS, Denied access by Noumea and Vanuatu over illness fears
See Cruise Law News
February 28,Costa Mediterranea, Italian passengers and crew banned from disembarking at Mauritius
See Cruise Law News
February 27, Carnival Fascination, Denied access by St. Lucia over illness fears
See Cruise Hive
February 27, Braemar, Denied access by Dominican Republic over illness fears
See The Hill
February 27, Meraviglia, Denied access by Mexico over illness fears
See Reuters
February 27, Favolosa, Denied port call at British Virgin Islands over illness fears
See Cruise Hive
February 27, Caribbean Princess, Norovirus outbreak
CDC reports 186 of 3039 (6.1%) passengers and 15 of 1,162 (1.3%) crew reported ill on the 14 day cruise beginning 16 February and ending 1 March in Fort Lauderdale. (2nd cruise in a row) A passenger reports the ship will skip its port call at Aruba and will return to Fort Lauderdale one day early, on 29 February. UPDATE 28 February: 228 of 3039 (7.5%) passengers and 17 of 1,162 (1.5%) crew UPDATE: 1 March: 240 of 3039 (7.9%) passengers and 19 of 1,162 (1.6%) crew
February 26, Meraviglia, Denied access by Jamaica and Grand Cayman over illness fears
See Miami Herald
February 24, Regal Princess, Failed Sanitation Inspection
Cruise Law News reports the ship failed a recent sanitation inspection (conducted earlier this month) by the United States Public Health. The USPH gave the ship a score of just 77. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its official report for the inspection. USPH inspectors found flies and soiled surfaces and equipment in the galley, inadequate acute gastroenteritis logs and reports, clogged nozzles and drain lines, potentially unhygienic swimming pools and hot tubs, a child in diapers in a pool, and a food employee with long dirty, fingernails (1 mm past his fingers), included in the 44 violations. This is the lowest sanitation score in the seven year history of this cruise ship. It ties the lowest score ever given to a cruise ship operated by a major cruise line (like Carnival, Norwegian, or Royal Caribbean). It is the lowest sanitation score ever for a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. Ironically, the Regal Princess received a perfect score during the last inspection two years ago, as well as during its first three inspections from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
February 22, Westerdam, Cruises canceled through May 10 when the ship returns to service in Vancouver
February 20, Diamond Princess,Quarantine ended, 620 total ill, 2 passengers die
See Japan Today and USA Today for details. UPDATE: Market Watch reports there are now 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as more people who returned from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the virus, according to a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s a total of 39 U.S. nationals who had been on the Diamond Princess who have been infected by the virus. At least 695 people who were on the ship were confirmed ill;three people have died. Of those confirmed ill, 70 were Filipino crew members (see here).
February 20, Westerdam, Passengers "stuck" in Cambodia
KOMO News reports the MS Westerdam arrived Feb. 13 in Cambodia after repeatedly being denied entry to other ports. The thrill of the moment, complete with a visit from the country’s prime minister greeting passengers with hugs and flowers, has now evaporated for those still facing a logistical nightmare to get home. Travel options already limited by the number of airlines serving Cambodia have been narrowed by a growing list of countries denying entry to passengers who were aboard the Westerdam.
February 16, Norwegian Jade & AIDAvita, Refused entry by Vietnam over illness fears
Daily Mail reports both ships were denied entry to Vietnam over illness fears. There were no known coronavirus cases on either ship.
February 16, Westerdam, Coronvirus case discovered after disembarkation
Mainichi reports a woman from the United States who was among hundreds of passengers who disembarked on Friday from a cruise ship in Cambodia and flew to Malaysia has been confirmed as being infected with the new coronavirus, a Malaysian health official said Saturday. Before arriving in Cambodia, the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s operator, U.S.-based Holland America Line, repeatedly stated that there were no suspected cases of virus infection on board.
February 13, Regent Mariner, Skipped port call at Samoa
From a passenger: We are on the ship 2.12.2020 and were informed by the Somoan government that no cruise ships allowed until March, (unknown date). We will have 2 extra sea days.
February 11, Westerdam, Refused entry to Thailand (nowhere to go, it appears) -- Going to Cambodia
Maritime Bulletin reports Thailand has withdrawn its permission for the ship to disembark passengers in the country (see February 8 below).
UPDATE: Fortune reports Cambodia has agreed to permit the ship to dock and to disembark passengers. They are expected to arrive Thursday, February 13.
February 11, Caribbean Princess, Cruise canceled after being denied entry to Port of Spain
USAToday reports the cruise was canceled after being denied entry to Port of Spain because of the norovirus outbreak onboard. The ship is returning to Fort Lauderdale. It arrived Thursday morning, 13 February. The CDC reports 371 of 3,035 (12.2%) passengers and 32 of 1,161 (2.8%) crew reported ill on the cruise.
February 10, Grand Princess, Delayed arrival/departure
From a passenger
: We are departing on the grand Princess out of San Fran on Tuesday.  Ran into a Princess rep at our hotel and asked if we were on time.  She told us the ship is not due in now until 12pm or later. Normally 6am.  She said she doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t know why.  We have received nothing via email from Princess. Hold times via phone have been close to an hour. Is it Coronavirus?  Technical issues?  She doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t know and we cant get through via phone. UPDATE: Embarking passengers have been notified the ship will arrive 6 hours late in San Francisco and that embarkation will be delayed in turn. The cause of the delay is weather/sea conditions and an unplanned medical evacuation. UPDATE:  The ship began boarding passengers at 8PM. By 1AM the ship was still in port. It is unclear whether the delay will effect the planned itinerary.
February 10, Diamond Princess, Quarantined off Yokohama
Number of passengers reported ill: 136 (CNN); Update Feb 12: 174 (Japan Today) Update Feb 13: 218 (Japan Today); Update Feb 15: 67 additional infections reported today - total 285 (Japan Times); Update 16 February: 355 (Mainichi);Update 17 February: 453 (VOA News) (+14 airlifted to US); Update 18 February: 542 (Quarantine ending, people disembarking slowly) (Japan Today)
February 9, Caribbean Princess, Denied entry to port (Barbados)
< href="">Barbados Today reports the ship was refused entry to Barbados because of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak onboard.
February 9, Caribbean Princess, Illness outbreak (norovirus)
CDC reports 299 of 3,035 (9.9%) passengers and 22 of 1,161 (1.9%) crew reported ill on the 14 day cruise beginning 2 February and ending 16 February in Fort Lauderdale. UPDATE 11 February: 345 of 3,035 (11.4%) passengers and 26 of 1,161 (2.2%) crew reported ill.
February 8, SuperStar Aquarius, Return to Taiwan after refused by ports
Mainichireports a cruise ship that was turned away from Japan this week over coronavirus fears returned to Taiwan on Saturday, with everyone on board testing negative for the illness. Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung boarded the Super Star Aquarius as soon as it docked at the northern port city of Keelung around noon, leading a team of medical staff to perform health screening of the 1,738 passengers and 776 crew. In the evening, authorities announced that the tests showed that no one had the coronavirus. According to the ship and media reports, 41 of the guests had recently travelled to China, where the virus is spreading. Chen told a press conference before boarding the ship that all passengers could go home later in the day and self-monitor their health condition afterwards provided no one tested positive for the virus.
February 9, Anthem OTS, Delayed departure
New York Post reports the cruise that was due to leave on Friday has been delayed until Monday at the earliest.
February 8, Nippon Maru, No disembarkation in Homnolulu
Star Advertiser reports a Japanese cruise ship that arrived this morning in Honolulu from Mexico departed this afternoon without its passengers disembarking. The Nippon Maru has not been quarantined and no passengers were reported to be displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus, according to the state Harbors Division. But “the vessel, on its own discretion, decided not to disembark in Honolulu.”
February 8, Saga Spirit of Discovery, Refused entry to port (norovirus outbreak)
From a passenger
: Ship refused entry to Gibraltar yesterday(8th February). Presume it is the Norovirus not anything more sinister! Have never been on a ship with so many people affected and confined to cabins! The ship is in lockdown because of the illness outbreak
February 8, Westerdam, Denied entry to Guam
Pacific Daily News reports the government of Guam has denied a State Department request to allow a cruise ship to dock on the island over concerns some passengers may be infected with coronavirus. A release from the governor\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s office stated acting Gov. Josh Tenorio denied entry to the MS Westerdam, a British-American private cruise vessel with 1,455 guests and 802 crew members. There are no known cases of coronavirus aboard the vessel, according to Holland America cruise line, but it has been turned away by the Philippines and Japan over concerns about the illness.  UPDATE 10 February: Cruise Critic reports the ship had been given permission to disembark passengers in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13. The ship departed Hong Kong on February 1.
February 7, Anthem OTS, Health concern at disembarkation
New York Post reports more than 4,000 passengers fled a Royal Caribbean liner in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday after their Caribbean cruise — and four passengers were rushed to the hospital for testing. The four suspect passengers were all Chinese nationals who had recently traveled from home. They included one who fell ill with a fever on board and later tested positive for influenza. Some of the patients were wheeled off the vessel on gurneys, and all four were immediately taken to University Hospital in Newark by infectious-disease experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control for testing. Another 23 passengers — Chinese nationals who had been kept in isolation during much of the 12-day cruise on the Anthem of the Seas — were also whisked away by CDC officials, who had boarded the vessel as soon as it docked. They were taken to Newark Liberty International Airport for a flight back to China, as per a Trump administration directive amid the global outbreak. No one aboard the ship is known to have the coronavirus, but that was no consolation to many passengers, who complained that crew members kept them in the dark about the threat in their midst.
February 6, Diamond Princess, February 15 cruise from Yokohama canceled
February 6, Westerdam, Refused entry (health fears)
NHK reports Japan plans to deny foreign nationals on board a cruise ship from Hong Kong entry into the country due to a suspected case of coronavirus infection within the vessel. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a task force dealing with the coronavirus outbreak that the cruise ship, Westerdam, is scheduled to make a port call in Japan in coming days. He said that it has been confirmed that there is a passenger suspected of having developed symptoms caused by the deadly virus. Abe said that the government will refuse foreign nationals aboard the ship entry based on Japan\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s immigration control act.
February 5, Island Princess, Stuck in port (winds), itinerary change
From a passenger: the ship arrived in Santiago (San Antonio), Chile yesterday morning (Monday 2/3/2020) and was to depart yesterday afternoon.   Departure was delayed due to rough seas and they spend the night there.  Seas are still rough and they will be spending a second night.  The seas are expected to calm down and the captain anticipates finally leaving Wednesday morning 2/5/2020.  This will cause the ship to miss the port of Puerto Mott, Chile.
February 5, World Dream, Quarantined
CNN reports the ship with 1800 passengers onboard has been quarantined by authorities in Hong Kong. The Daily Beast reports the ship was allowed to disembark in Hong Kong on 9 February.
February 4, AIDAperla, Refused entry (health fears)
Jamaica Gleaner reports the Government of Antigua and Barbuda refused the ship entry for its port call February 4th. The decision was based on health concerns.
February 3, Diamond Princess, Quarantined
Seatrade Cruise News reports the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s turnaround in Yokohama has been delayed approximately 24 hours after a passenger on the prior voyage later tested positive for coronavirus at a shoreside hospital. The delay is to allow Japan public health authorities time to review the health status of all passengers and crew, Princess Cruises confirmed. On the previous voyage, a Hong Kong man embarked in Yokohama on Jan. 20, sailed one segment of the itinerary, and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25. He went to a Hong Kong hospital six days after leaving the ship, where he tested positive for coronavirus on February 1. Ten people have subsequently been diagnosed with the virus so the ship is now quarantined for 14 days. UPDATE February 6: The number of confirmed illness is 20. Passenger onboard are confined to their cabins during the quarantine period. The quarantine period restarts 14 days from the most recent person identified as ill. Update February 9: 70 now diagnosed with the virus. February 10: 130
February 2, Westerdam, Refused entry (health fears)
ABC reports Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday temporarily banned travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau from disembarking in the country. Holland America\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s cruise ship Westerdam left Hong Kong on Saturday after a six-hour stay, but about 24 hours into its trip to Manila the captain announced it would not be allowed into the Philippines.
February 2, AIDAperla, Refused entry (health fears)
Maritime Bulletin reports the ship with more than 3000 passengers on board was prohibited from entry Castries, St. Lucia, Caribbean, on Feb 1, on arrival from St Vincent and the Grenadines, as per cruise itinerary. The ship reported several persons on board having respiratory problems, and the Department of Health found number of sick people to be unusually high, to grant free practice. There’s no mentioning of coronavirus and understood, there’s no suspicion of coronavirus infection, or any data to validate virus fears, but still… The ship approached Castries at around 0530 LT Feb 1(UTC -4), reduced speed, sailed in northern direction, turned back and approached Castries again at around 1400 LT, and again, moved away, drifting or moving at slow speed. As of 0300 UTC Feb 2 (Feb 1 2300 LT), the ship was moving north at slow speed, probably waiting out, to fit into the broken itinerary. Next port of call is Roseau, Dominica, ETA Feb 2.
February 1, Elation, Environmental offense
Maritime Executive reports the ship illegally discharged grey water while along the pier in Port Canaveral. Grey water has been found by the EPA that average levels of certain contaminants in grey water may exceed those found in untreated domestic sewage.
January 30, Costa Smeralda, Quarantined in Italy
Ansa reports 6000 passengers on an Italian cruise ship are currently blocked at Civitavecchia after a Chinese woman came down with a fever raising fears she had contracted the new coronavirus. Her husband did not present any symptoms. The couple, from Hong Kong, were tested by experts from Rome\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Spallanzani Hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases and viruses. The woman is being held in isolation in a hospital ward aboard the Costa Crociere ship. As well as a fever, she is also suffering respiratory problems, sources said. The passengers have been ordered not to leave the ship. The couple arrived in Italy at Milan\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Malpensa Airport on January 25. They boarded the ship at Savona earlier this week. UPDATE 31 Jan: The passengers were found to not have the virus and all passengers were allowed to disembark.
January 27, Princess Cruises, Lawsuit for health issues
Legal Newsline reports a Los Angeles County couple are suing Princess Cruises alleging they became ill from food products they purchased on one of its ships. Judy Edwards and Armour Edwards filed a complaint Jan. 14 in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California against Princess Cruise Lines LTD, doing business as Princess Cruises, and others alleging premises liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, fraud and negligence. The Edwards allege that between Jan. 5, and Jan. 20, 2018, they purchased food products on the Coral Princess cruise ship originating from Long Beach Harbour in Los Angeles. They claim they first became ill on Jan. 16, 2019, from exposure to "viruses and disease carrying pestilence and contaminated food" that was manufactured, labeled, packaged and distributed by Princess Cruises.
January 26, Nautica, Missed port call (weather)
Nautica arrived off the port of Port Elizabeth this morning, 26/01/20 at 10h30. Port is windbound and ship is now heading to East London where she is due to arrive tomorrow morning, 27/01/20 at 07h00.
January 25, Disney Fantasy, Propulsion problems, itinerary changes including missed ports
From a passenger: My family and I were on the Disney Fantasy from January 18-January 25, 2020 2 adults, 2 children. First off our excursion in Cozumel got cancelled with no explanation as to why. Our second port/tender stop of Grand Cayman got cancelled but Royal Caribbean was able to tender their guests ashore. Our 3rd port stop of Falmouth Jamaica got cancelled. Other cruise lines were able to stop as well. We heard weather was the issue for some cancelled ports but that can not be true when other cruise lines were able to still tender or port. We found out through our facebook group sailing, which by the way has VERY many unhappy customers, that the Fantasy ship had engine problems since our first stop in Cozumel. Nothing was said to us on the ship. We sailed all week at a reduced speed. Never have been on a ship that had so much movement in my life as many are saying the ship swayed so much because of the engine problems. We found out through other cruisers that a dive team was working on the engine while we were actually able to make our scheduled stop at Castaway Cay. Which everyone finds hard to believe that it took us so long to get to Castaway because we gained so many hours from missed ports of call.
January 23, Celebrity Cruises, Reservation agent threatens to kill a customer
Wichita Eagle reports a former customer service representative for a cruise line’s call center in Wichita has admitted to threatening during a phone call to kill a family. Dixon admitted in her plea that she was employed by Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, when she answered a call at the company’s Wichita call center in April 2018. The customer “became dissatisfied with the service provided by (Dixon)“ and hung up on her. She then called the customer back about 3 minutes later on a private phone, the plea states. She told the customer she knew where they lived and that she planned to travel to Illinois to kill the customer and their family.
January 23, Celebrity Cruises, Strategic Partner has never cruised and doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t know one company from another
Fox Business reports the founder of health and wellness empire appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday to promote her new Netflix show and upcoming cruise, but accidentally name-dropped the wrong line. The blunder happened when Meyers asked “The Politician”actress if she had ever been on a cruise. “I have never been on an actual cruise,” Paltrow admitted, “I’ve always wanted to do it. We were approached by Royal Caribbean to do a collaboration with them – a wellness one – and so we’re really excited about it.” The cruise line she partnered with is Celebrity.
January 22, Oasis OTS, Person overboard
Cruise Law News reports the U.S. Coast Guard states that it is searching this evening for a 46 year old man who went overboard this evening from the ship which was moored at port (at Pier 3) in Old Juan, Puerto Rico. The man apparently went overboard from deck 10. The ship was chartered for a week long Atlantis cruise from Fort Lauderdale. The person\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s body was subsequently recovered.
January 22, Carnival Freedom, Missed port call (Cayman)
From a passenger: Port of Call was canceled due to high winds and high waves (due to weather) while it was anchored at the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (mere minutes before scheduled tenders were dispatched for passenger transit.)
January 22, Pride of America, Missed port call (Kona) - sea conditions
The ship skipped its port call at Kona, sailing directly from Hilo to Kauai.
January 21, QE II, Disrupt ferry operations in port
Otago Daily Times reports ferry commuters in Auckland are fuming because of delays caused by cruise ships berthing in the city. One commuter told the New Zealand Herald seven ferries were slowly circling the inner harbour this morning while the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship berthed at Princes Wharf. One Waiheke woman, Chloe Barker, said this morning was the third time this week her ferry has been cancelled due to cruise ship arrivals. In an email to the Harbourmaster she said the current situation is untenable. "You are affecting the lives of thousands of commuters. We are late for our jobs, hospital appointments, childcare arrangements and other responsibilities because cruise ships are being prioritised over passenger ferries."
January 20, Artania, Late departure, revised itinerary
The ship finally departed this morning for Durban, dropping port calls at Port Elizabeth and New London.
January 20, Orchestra, Cruise canceled
The cruise to Walvis Bay, scheduled to leave several days ago, was canceled. Ship remains in Cape Town.
January 20, AIDAmira, Late arrival & departure
The ship finally docked in the early afternoon after being held until winds subsided. No information yet on how the next cruise is impacted by the delay.
January 20, Nautica, Late arrival & departure
The ship was finally able to dock at Cape Town more than 24 hours later than planned. Its departure for the next cruise is scheduled for 5AM on the 21st. The ship will keep its port call at Walvis Bay (Namibia) but it will only be for one day instead of two.
Medical Evacuations from Cruise Ships
Many people report medical evacuations from cruise ships as something that should be reported here. I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t report them because they are very common. But, do you know who pays for the medical evacuations from cruise ships? Your tax dollars hard at work subsidizing the cruise industry and cruise passengers. A medical evacuation can exceed $1 million dollars. It is nice that the US (and Canadian and other Governments) pay the cost so cruise ships and cruise corporation continue to earn billions of dollars TAX FREE.
January 17, Orchestra & Artania, Delayed by weather
From a reader: PORT OF CAPE TOWN WINDBOUND - Ms Artania and MSC Orchestra both currently being held against the quay by tugs (17/02/20). Gale force winds in Cape Town.  UPDATE 19 January: PORT OF CAPE TOWN WINDBOUND - Ms Artania and MSC Orchestra both currently being held against the quay by tugs (19/02/20). Gale force winds in Cape Town. Nautica and AIDAmira circling outside waiting to berth. Artania itinerary amended to skip Port Elizabeth and head straight to East London. MSC Orchestra cruise to Walvis Bay cancelled.
January 17, Sun Princess, Delayed arrival (technical issues)
The Advocate reports Burnie cruise ship volunteers "got a sleep in" on Friday after a vessel arrived around two hours late. The Sun Princess\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' departure from Melbourne was delayed "following a technical matter that was resolved prior to departure", a Princess Cruises spokesperson said.
January 17, Carnival Dream, Itinerary change - Cruise to nowhere
Cruise Hive reports the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s 4 day cruise has been changed to a three-day cruise to nowhere. This is the result of a fog-caused delay in ending the previous cruise.
January 17, Orchestra, Missed port call, delays
From a reader: MSC Orchestra recent voyage from Walvis Bay (dep 14/1/20) to Cape Town via Luderitz, omitted Luderitz to make Cape Town before wind closed the port. Arrived a day early in Cape Town (16/1/20). Due to sail from Cape Town back to Walvis Bay today, 17/1/20. port remains closed due to wind.
January 16, Koningsdam, Pax drowns ashore (Private Island)
Bahamas Press reports police are investigating an alleged drowning, Monday 13th January, 2020, which occurred on Half Moon Cay. According to reports, shortly before 1:00pm, an adult American male, who was a passenger of a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive, floating in waters at Half Moon Cay. From a passenger: When returning to our spot from lunch on the private island beach (Half Moon Cay), I witnessed a medical emergency where 4-6 people were performing CPR and other life saving techniques on a male between the ages of 50-60 roughly. I asked a bystander what had happened, and she informed me “the man had a heart attack”. Days after on the ship, the gossip was the deceased had major heart surgery within the last year. I was unable to formally confirm and perhaps the deceased indeed drowned. I find it VERY strange how this man drowned though, as these beach/waters were very calm and waist to chest height for 50-60M outward from shore.
January 16, Marella Discovery, Propulsion problems; missed ports
Independent reports Britain’s biggest holiday company is refusing refunds to disappointed passengers booked on a faulty cruise ship – yet at the same time selling voyages to new customers at almost half price. For the past five weeks Marella Discovery, has been sailing in south east Asia with half her propulsion out of action. The ship suffered what the company called “localised burning within the transformer housing”, and is still awaiting repairs. The maximum speed has been cut from 24 knots (28mph) to 16 knots (18mph) – meaning Ã¢Â€Â‹ it cannot sail fast enough to reach all her planned ports of call in the Far East.
January 16, Carnival Elation, Propulsion problems; missed ports
From a passenger: Missed both ports / Amber Cove due to engine issues and Grand Turk due to Wind issues. Spent 4 days in a row at sea them finally made a stop in Nassau against most cruisers desire on the last day before heading back to port canaveral.
January 16, Enchantment OTS, Fog delays arrival/departure (Galveston)
Cruise Hive reports the ship is waiting for a slot to depart Galveston when allowed to do so by the authorities. Do keep checking for official updates from the cruise line if you are booked on any of the cruises.
January 16, Carnival Fantasy, Fog delays arrival/departure (Mobile)
Cruise Hive reports good news for the Port of Mobile as the ship will arrive but much later. The ship will dock later on in the afternoon and guests booked on the next sailing should start arriving at the terminal from 8:00 PM. All guests must be onboard by 10:30 PM.
January 16, Carnival Dream, Fog delays arrival/departure (Galveston)
Cruise Hive reports Carnival Cruise Line has now released an update that the Port of Galveston remains closed due to fog and the ship remains anchored off the coast. Those guests booked on the next cruise scheduled to depart today are being told to not arrive at the terminal and wait for the next update at 5:00 PM local time.
January 15, Emerald Princess (ship unknown), Bedbugs
Travel Pulse reports actress Connie Flores and her husband Alvin are suing the cruise line alleging that their stateroom was infested with bed bugs during a recent cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. The lawsuit was filed on the couple\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s behalf by My Bed Bug Lawyer, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in bed bug litigation, according to a press release published on Wednesday. "Imagine yourself on a cruise at sea with your stateroom infested with bed bugs. There was nowhere to go. We were trapped. We felt helpless. There were bed bugs coming out of the pillows and the mattress, we felt betrayed," Flores said in a statement.
January 14, Azura, Missed port calls
From a passenger: I am on board Azura A001 10 - 24 Jan. We missed our first port 11 Jan St Vincent captain said 30 kph we had day at sea 12 Jan captain added an extra port we visited Martinique we needed assistance from a tug to get out of port then last night the show was cancelled because the ship was listing to one side and we had rough seas. Today 13 Jan out call at St Kitts is cancelled we are having extra day at sea due to the St Kitts pilot reporting 30 kph wind sea level. Captain said he hopes we will make St Martin tomorrow and he will try and add an extra port later in the cruise.
January 12, Crown Princess, Missed port calls
From a passenger: We are on the January 6 Crown Princess trip to the Southern Carribean. A total of six ports of call were scheduled. Three of the six have been cancelled: Bahamas, Antigua, and Saint Kitts. We are now returning directly to Fort Lauderdale.
January 11, Empress OTS, Missed port call
From a passenger
:  Missed port of call at Virgin Gorda, B.V.I on January 7, 2020. Apparently this is the first time RCCL has stopped at this port. Tender boats were required to get passengers to shore but due to choppy waves it was unsafe for passengers to get off. 2 tender boats went out, the first one struck coral due to shallow water and lost power, the second tender boat struck coral and spun out.
January 11, Nieuw Amsterdam, Canceled cruise
The February 1 sailing has been canceled so the ship can undergo repairs of its propulsion system. It will return to service February 8.
January 9, Orchestra, Missed port call
From a reader: MSC Orchestra currently on a coastwise voage from Durban (dep 8/1/20) to Cape Town (eta 12/1/20) with a stop in Port Elizabeth on 10/1/20 has now skipped Port Elizabeth and will arrive tomorrow, 11/1/20 instead of Sunday 12/1/20. No reason given except that wind is expected in Cape Town on Sunday and it is anticipated that the ship will leave Cape Town earlier than planned on the next cruise to Namibia on 12/1/20. It is expected that passengers will have the option to either spend the day/night on board in port in Cape Town or disembark.
January 8, Carnival Corporation, Under microscope for gross disregard for the environment
Cruise Law News has provided two excellent discussions of the latest report to the Court of Carnival Corporation\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s ongoing practices that show disregard for the environment. The most recent quarterly report contains over 220 violations in three months in 2019. See here and here.
January 7, Carnival Dream, Dropped port call
Cruise Hive reports the ship returned to her homeport (Galveston) for a medical emergency after commencing the cruise. The return meant the ship had to drop Cozumel from the planned itinerary.
January 5, Meraviglia, Unknown incident (collision with something?)
From a passenger: At approximately 4:30am on Sunday January 5th while on board the MSC Meraviglia my family was rocked out of our sleep while sailing into the port of Miami and then seconds later received an in-cabin announcement intended for crew advising “Delta Echo” three times. We went out onto our balcony to see crew members looking out over the side of our ship where the life boats were suspended (and thankfully stayed in place). Eventually things seemed to calm down and so we went back inside our rooms as no updates were provided by the Captain or any of the crew. A couple hours later we asked our cabin attendant what had happened and he advised that the back of our ship had apparently “hit something” but he had no more details. Our friendly and normally very chatty Cruise Director Gene just glazed over the morning departure information and pretended like nothing happened! A quick search online seemed to confirm what our cabin attendant had advised with “Delta” apparently meaning damage to the ship and “Echo” meaning the ship either struck something or was struck by something! In my opinion, this situation was not handled well by the Meraviglia Captain / crew. Once “events” like these are stabilized and everyone is known to be safe, cruise Captains and their staff have to be a lot more transparent and let their passengers know what took place and what was the end result. Pretending like nothing happened breaks down the trust between the paying guests and may make many passengers weary of taking future cruises! From another passenger: I can confirm the Meraviglia event on Jan 5th... I was looking it up, as to find out what really might have happened? We were woken up by a very LOUD and FELT "BANG" to the ship, as if we had hit something HARD. Immediately there was an announcement over or IN-CABIN speakers (which we never heard before or after) "DELTA ECHO, DELTA ECHO, DELTA ECHO". No clue what happened... we fell asleep 5-10 minutes later and the next morning everything was as if nothing ever happened.
January 4, Carnival Vista, Unscheduled stop
From a passenger: Ship rerouted back to Galveston for a medical emergency. The delay did not effect the itinerary.
January 3, Meraviglia, Stuck in port overnight (winds)
Cruise Radio reports weather conditions have kept the ship docked at Costa Maya overnight and is now scheduled to leave at 5:00 PM on January 3. The ship will spend the day at sea on January 4th and is set to arrive back in Miami, per schedule, on January 5th.
January 3, Sapphire Princess, Struck by lightning - radar knocked out
Crew Center reports the ship was hit by lightning today while sailing in Indonesian waters. No one on board was hurt, but the lightning caused damage to the ship\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s radar. The lightning struck the mast of the ship and damaged the radar, therefore Sapphire Princess cannot continue the voyage until the radar is fully operational. Update: 6:17pm. We\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re anchored off the eastern part of Singapore Straits, while they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re working hard to fix the problem.” According to the latest update, the Captain announced that the team managed to get one radar working by taking spares from the other radar. Sapphire Princess is sailing on a 10 Night Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia cruise. The ship departed from Singapore on 28 December and was scheduled to visit Bali,  Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Phuket, before returning to Singapore on January 07.
January 2, Black Watch, Illness outbreak (?)
From a passenger: the ship is in Lisbon over a day early due to an outbreak of Influenza A. One passenger so far has been disembarked due to testing positive & will not be allowed to continue to travel aboard.
January 2, Elation, Environmental Offense
WESH reports more than 6000 gallons of wastewater gushed into the water at Port Canaveral on Thursday from a cruise ship. The cruise ship Carnival Elation reported the spill immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard and Brevard County Sheriff\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Office. Twenty-two metric tons of gray water were spilled, according to the Sheriff\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Office. < href="">Cruise Law News reports other wastewater violations by Carnival in 2018 & 2019, including: June 2018 – Queen Mary 2, in Phuket, Thailand - a grey water tank overflowed directly overboard for approximately five minutes after ship employees were distracted by numerous alarms sounding which were unrelated to the grew water tank. August 2019 – Carnival Paradise, at anchor in Grand Cayman – grey water overflowed for five minutes during an internal grey water transfer. September 2019 – Carnival Imagination - heading to Long Beach, California when 50 liters of grey water overflowed when the line became clogged with food particles washed into a drain from the pizza galley. September 2018 - Holland America Line’s Westerdam discharged over 22,000 gallons of grey water into Glacier Bay National Park. The notice of violation claims the discharge was a “mistake,” but the discharge continued on for 25 minutes.

Events 2019